A “Currysmatic” Bangladeshi Caterers Association Annual Dinner

Posted on News Jan 2010 - by Tandoori Magazine
A “Currysmatic” Bangladeshi Caterers Association Annual Dinner

The Bangladesh Caterers’ Association (BCA) UK, which represents approximately 12,000 Bangladeshi Curry houses, restaurants and takeaways throughout the UK, held their Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony for 2009 last month, at the Park Plaza, Riverbank, London.

The event was well attended and marked the 49th anniversary of the association’s establishment and is the most prestigious awards ceremony of its kind in the UK. The event is specifically created to reward the very best of Bangladeshi restaurants.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown was unavailable to attend due to a long standing engagement, yet in his video address he paid great tribute to the work of the BCA and to the British curry industry. He highlighted the very important contribution their efforts and success has made to the nation’s economy, wealth and culture.

The curry industry employs more than 90,000 people, mostly of Bangladeshi origin, with an estimated yearly turnover of £3.5 billion and the BCA are at the forefront of representing and organising various activities to promote Bangladeshi cuisine in the UK and Europe.

Hosted by the BCA, the event comprised of an awards presentation interspersed with a sumptuous annual dinner and a plethora of spectacular entertainment by Bengali and other Asian dancers and musicians this included opera singer Anne Marie Cullum.

The Rt. Hon Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development also complimented the BCA for their hard work and recognises the concerns that Britain and British Bangladeshis have raised on climate change and the effects of climate change in Bangladesh and pledged the governments full support on addressing the issue at today’s Copenhagen Climate Summit.

In speaking about the event, President of the BCA, Mr Bajloor Rashid, said: “The BCA Annual Dinner & Award ceremony has gained iconic status over the past few years and curry leaders across the country eagerly look forward to coming together to enjoy their successes with their fellow colleagues. Given that we will be enjoying the Golden Jubilee of our organization next year, this event gives us a count down effect to that great moment.”

Lord Karan Billimoria, Chairman of Cobra Beer Ltd said -“I would like to thank and congratulate the BCA for all of their hard work and endeavours, I remember when I first started out and it was the Bangladesh Curry Industry that supported me and I now hope that we will continue to support each other through these very difficult financial times that have affected us all. I look forward to celebrating the BCA Golden Jubilee next year.”

Mr N R Khandaker Pasha, the Secretary General of BCA said: “The ‘British Curry- Making Britain More Currysmatic’ theme helps us to think about the glorious past of Bangladeshi Caterers who introduced this healthy spices more than a century ago and that changed the British taste forever We are proud of the contribution that Bangladeshis have made to the UK and are pleased to be able to highlight and award their efforts within the catering industry.”

The event was sponsored by Cobra Beer, Allied Foods, Kansaras, Sony TV, Channel S, Kohinoor and Shinepukur. Other than Lord Billimoria and Mr Alexander MP, dignatories included Rt. Hon. Michael J Foster MP, H.E. Dr Sayeedur Rahman Khan, High Commissioner for Bangladesh, Mr Malcolm Wicks MP, Baroness Pola Manzila Uddin and Rt. Hon. Jonathan Shaw MP.

BCA Caterer of the Year 2009 Regional Award Winners:

South East

Ashraf Talukder of Tarana Restaurant, Crawley, West Sussex
Siraj Ali of Maharaja Restaurant, Benfleet, Essex

Midland & East Anglia
Shofiqul Hoque of Sylhet Spice Cuisine, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Tipu Rahman of Tamarind Restaurant, Northampton

Scotland & N. Ireland
Abu Zaman of Britannia Spice, Edinburgh

North East
Sabu Miah of Lal Qila Tandoori Restaurant, Cramlington, Northumberland

Abdul Latif of Rose of India, Swansea

North West
Mohammed Ali of Shajan Indian Restaurant, Mellor, Blackburn

South West
Ahmedus Samad Chowdhury of Rajpoot, Bath

Greater London
Afsar Ahmed Ahad of Kensington Tandoori

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