Chor Bizarre backs apprenticeship scheme

Posted on News Jul 2013 - by Tandoori Magazine
Chor Bizarre backs apprenticeship scheme

Central London's Chor Bizarre,kicked-off its month long 15th anniversary celebrations with a special charity fundraising dinner in support of a government-backed, industry-led initiative.

The aim is to nurture and train, through apprenticeships and speciality courses, UK-grown chefs and food professionals in the methods and nuances of authentic Indian cuisine. The pioneering initiative, which has been implemented jointly by the Asian Restaurant Skill Board and the UK government, is intended to boost youth job opportunities and skills within the Asian cuisine sector.

In attendance at the event was the Hon. Don Foster MP, minister for integration at the Department of Communities and Local Government and Iqbal Wahhab OBE, founder of Tandoori Magazine, The Cinnamon Club and Roast and is the Chairman of the Asian Restaurant Skills Board. Also in attendance were VIPs, industry stalwarts and celebrities, including Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, the Maharani of Jaipur and leading London hair stylist and salon owner, Paul Edmonds.

Guests at the intimate event were treated to an elaborate three-course menu with a choice of unlimited wines and an accompaniment of live Bollywood music. Proceeds from the £50 tickets were given to the Asian Restaurant Skills Board charity, supported by the Government and the University of West London.

The event was hosted by Rohit Khattar,chairman of Old World Hospitality which operates Chor Bizarre. Opening the evening, he said: “I am so delighted that in our 15th year, we have partnered with a great organization as the Asian Restaurant Skills Board. It is difficult for restaurants in the UK to bring in chefs initiative we have been able to fill a much needed hole in our business, and what’s more, we are giving someone from the UK the opportunity to prosper and learn in the workplace at a time when jobs are hard to come by.

We are so pleased with our new apprentices Ranbir and Aaron who have been a delight to from India due to the strict immigration policies however with the launch of the new

mentor and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Asian Restaurant Skills Board.”

Keynote speaker, Hon. Don Foster MP thanked Khattar for supporting the scheme, highlighting how important integration is in the current immigration crisis, stressing how it will provide real opportunities to give some really enterprising young people the opportunity to grow. He continued by saying:

“Food is a very important aspects of our lives – it’s at a restaurant where some of the biggest business deals have been sealed and couples have met. In an integral part of or lifestyle, especially the £3.6bn Indian curry industry.The UK immigration crisis results in more European chefs and staff in curry houses and through the Asian Restaurant Skills Board we aim to minimize the problem of bringing chefs into the UK. Tonight is about giving real opportunities to people and the skills they need to succeed.”

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