The 12th culinary award program was held in Buttersea Evolution, London on last Monday in a colorful way. Political leaders, film stars, sportsmen and eminent media personalities attended the program which was anchored by comedian Alistair McGowan.
British Prime Minister Theresa May laid much emphasis on culinary arts in her congratulatory speech and said that curries have touched the hearts of British people like fish and chips. Curries are now popular all over England, she added. She wished overall advancement of the culinary awards and culinary industry and said that right at this moment perhaps someone is enjoying spicy curries sitting at home.
Enam Ali MBE, Editor of Spice Business and founder of British Culinary Awards told that 90% people involved in culinary arts are in deep crisis at present. He also said that every week at least 2 restaurants of Britain are closing down due to staff shortage. Enam Ali further remarked that they supported Brexit like Boris Johnson, Preeti Hotel and some more restaurants and they would be working together for a stronger Britain and would open up business windows to the entire world. People engaged with culinary arts are evaluated every year for the expansion and development of this industry. This year 2, 153 restaurants were selected to participate in competition for awards out of total 2, 06, 171 entries. Awards have been conferred to winners in 13 categories at the final round. 12 restaurants received awards for different categories while a posthumous award was accorded to Lord Golam Noor as special recognition.
Celebrities like chefs, restaurant owners, movie performers, Duchess of York Sarah Fergusson, Transport Minister Chris Grayling, Lord Kamlesh Patel, Lord Alex Chuck, Bangladeshi Ambassador to UK Nazmul Kawnine, Anne Maine MP, James Cleverly MP, footballer David Seaman, actor Collin Salmon, dancer Frankie Poultney, journalist Rageh Omar, Pet Sharp, Tim Vincent, Sayera Khan and some more dignitaries attended the vibrant program. It was also attended by Selim Hossain, founder of Cooked Dot Com who sponsored the award ceremony. Sarah Fergusson attracted everyone's attention at the program by wearing a saree. Bengali food items and dance performance with musical composition of different countries added another entertaining dimension to the program. It may be mentioned that, around 1 (one) lac people work for almost 10 thousand restaurants of Britain with 4.3 billion pounds yearly turnover. This industry plays vital roles in British economy. Most of the Bangladeshi expatriates are occupied with the culinary industry of Britain.