A Winning BCA Awards Event 2011

Posted on Analysis Mar 2012 - by Tandoori Magazine
A Winning BCA Awards Event 2011

It happens but once a year yet the Annual Bangladeshi Caterers Association (BCA) Awards, which took place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel, were another mixture of heartfelt speeches, awards presentations and colourful Bollywood fusion and contemporary entertainment that pleased guest palate’s and left audiences wanting more. As the night progressed, there were sparks of powerful messages of entrepreneurial inspiration and dedication. 

 
The awards were hosted by Tasmin Lucia Khan, of ITV’s Daybreak, in front of an audience of 1000 guests, including a host of dignitaries, celebrities, parliamentarians and the crème de la crème of the curry elite.
Each of the nominees and winners for the BCA Chef of the Year and BCA Caterer of the Year Awards, from all the different regions of the UK, came together to make it a memorable evening.
 
With the introduction of the new award category BCA Chef of the Year in recognition of the heavy burden that has been placed on the curry industry and the demands for the accreditation of chefs, BCA have announced The Chef of the Year Winners chosen from around the country. 
 
In traditional BCA style the entrepreneurial talent was also recognised and awarded through the coveted BCA Caterer of the Year naming the Best Curry Houses from across UK. The BCA Honour of the Year went to Mr. Talukdar Abdul Khalique, Keith Vaz MP and Lutfur Rahman – The Mayor of Tower Hamlets.
 
Mr Bajloor Rashid, The President of Bangladesh Caterers Association who is passionate about both passing on his expertise to a new generation and raising the profile of the UK curry industry said: "We are a community built on the curry industry, with the blood, sweat and tears of manual workers, each of whom were proud to do what they did. Perhaps as a nation we need to give our kitchen-staffs the recognition they deserve and improve the perception and social standing of manual workers.”
 
Chief Guest of the night The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State Communities and Local Government said: “Curry may not have been born in Britain. But it’s found a home here. With over 12,000 establishments turning over £4.3 billion each year it’s not difficult to see that British curry is a great success story. This Government wants to support the industry’s growth and development. I’m delighted to join you as you put the spotlight on the best of the best. I congratulate the Bangladeshi Caterers Association on speaking up for your industry for fifty one years, and wish you continued success in the years to come." 
 
BCA Awards 2011 were honoured to be supported by many delegates, MP’s, VIP’s and valuable sponsors; Cobra Beer, Kansara’s, Jaguar, Kingfisher Airlines, Ghandi Oriental Foods, Euro Foods, Media Partners; Sony Entertainment Television Asia, Channel S and Chosen Charity Islamic Relief. 
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