London, UK – The winners of the 9th annual BCA Awards were announced at an illustrious ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane on November 2nd 2014. Hosted by TV presenter Tasmin Lucia-Khan and MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace, the awards welcomed chief guest, Ed Milliband MP who delivered an inspirational speech commending the contributions of the British-Bangladeshi community.
He said: “These are incredibly important awards, because they honour a community and a set of restaurants that are at the heart of every street and every neighbourhood in our country. I want to pay tribute to what has been achieved by the British Bangladeshi community. I want to pay tribute to the extraordinary businesses that you represent – the extraordinary family run businesses. We are stronger because of our diversity.
“I feel a special bond with the British Bangladeshi community. You are at the heart of so many important things in our community up and down the country, so it’s a privilege to speak to you tonight, it’s a privilege to celebrate your success. I look forward to the Bangladeshi Caterers Association going from strength to strength in the years ahead.”
In addition to the 10 winners of the Chef of the Year and 10 recipients of Cater of the Year accolades, two prestigious BCA Honour Awards were also presented to, Richard Harrington MP Watford for his outstanding contribution and support to the British curry industry, and MA Matin for his lifetime contribution to the British curry industry and the British Bangladeshi community.
Pasha Khandaker, BCA President, in his speech, saluted the winners and their achievements:“We are really proud to create a platform for the Bangladeshi caterers and chefs to be recognised. We are proud that the industry we are part of and so passionate about is the fifth largest employer in the UK.”
Alongside the awards presentations guests, including Lord Karan Bilimoria, marvelled at the entertainment, which included the Ariel and Acrobat Troupe, Taal Toronga, a British-Bangladeshi fusion dance group and Britain’s Got Talent finalists, Signature.
Established in 1960, The Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA) today represents over 12,000 British Bangladeshi restaurants and takeaways – an industry that employs approximately 80,000 people, with an estimated turnover of £5.2 billion per annum. Built on the work of Bangladeshi migrants, the BCA prides itself on cultural heritage and promoting authentic Bangladeshi taste to keep the industry thriving and successful.
The BCA Awards also recognised the support from their sponsors, including, Cobra Beer, Kukd, Kansara’s, Kingfisher Beer, Square Mile Insurance, Bangladesh Biman Airlines, Capital Ontap, Payment Sense, Bartercard, Aroma Ice Cream, General Catering Solutions, ZA Utilities, Rose View Hotel and BCA Charity Partner Iqra International.
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BCA Caterer of the Year 2014 Winners
- Rathre Hasina Choudhury, Bengal Lounge, Hull
- Ashik Miah, Mehek Indian Restaurant. Enfield
- Tahir Ullah Khan, Saffron, Hemel Hempstead
- Abdul Subhan, The Cinnamon, Kent
- Ronny Malique, Melford Valley Tandoori, Suffolk
- Kosru Miah, Curry Palace, Cambridge
- Dilu Miah, Bayleaf Lounge, Macclesfield, Manchester
- Khaled Ahmed, Tamarind Bay, Wellington, Somerset
- Azmol Hussain, Killay Spice, Sketty, Swansea
- Mohan Brian Miah, Cafe Spice, Darlington
BCA Chef of the Year 2014 Winners
- Abul Monsur, Taj Cuisine, Chatham, Kent
- Syed Forid Ali, Pavel Restaurant, Brighton
- Ferdause Ahmed, Bengal Brasserie, Kettering
- Laxman Shrestha, Drovers Arms, Steppingley, Bedfordshire
- Abdul Hannan, Star Of India, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire,
- Md Abdul Hai, Marina Spice Lounge, Hemel Hempstead
- Kodor Ali, Tiger Garden, Marlow
- Sajjad Khan, Cumin Bar Restaurant, Turnford, Hertfordshire
- Siddique Ahmed, Bengal Lounge,Dursley, Gloucestershire
- Nurul Islam, Sonali Tandoori, Grove Park, London
Notes to editors:
About Bangladesh Caterers Association
- The BCA is the umbrella organisation of approximately 12,000 British-Bangladeshi restaurants across the UK. It was established in 1960 to represent the Catering Industry run by the ethnic Bangladeshis.
- The BCA organises various activities to promote Bangladeshi cuisine in Great Britain as well as in Europe.
- Over the years BCA has established itself as the ˜Pride of Bangladeshi Community” through its relentless efforts in the interest of our community. With the passage of time, BCA is now generating huge business potentials for any supplier, be it a small Cash & Carry or a large business industry like Cobra or Coca-Cola.
- The BCA is a democratically run organization with a new executive committee taking control every 2 years. The present NEC was elected to office last December. The NEC is the highest forum within the BCA and three key personnel, President, Secretary General and the Chief Treasurer run the day-to-day activities.
- The BCA has been representing the Bangladeshi curry industry for the last 54 years. The Association exists to ensure that the views of the Bangladeshi Curry industry are represented in a forceful, coherent and co-ordinated way to government and policy makers in the UK and internationally. As the national trade association for Bangladeshi caterers, our primary role is to lobby government across the UK, representing the views of the curry industry.
- BCA pride themselves in having created a novel industry which has contributed significantly to the British economy and created thousands of jobs and continue to support the curry industry by working with key Government Ministers and Agencies such as MAC and People’s First.
- The BCA Awards commenced in 2006, since then the annual ceremony has won recognition as the most prestigious award event recognising the hard work and standards set by the highest achievers in the UK curry industry.
- The objectives for the Awards event are to highlight over five decades of hard work, personal sacrifice, and significant success in creating and protecting the £5.2 billion national treasure, which is now part of British heritage as well.