This November 3rd, the Bangladesh Caterers Association will be hosting their 8th Annual BCA Awards 2013 in Westminster Park plaza Hotel, London, to celebrate 53 years of the finest British Bangladeshi Cuisine within the UK. Today BCA officially Launch it’s 8th Annual Awards and dinner ceremony at the spectacular BT tower at 34th floor at the revolving restaurant.
This fantastic opportunity will allow the industry to recognise and commend the entrepreneurial talent of UK’s best Curry Houses, that have helped bring curry to the forefront and crowned it as one of Britain’s favorite dishes.
We have many skilled chefs whom we have never recognized. To promote our curry industry BCA is continuing their hunting for those hidden talents and giving them the recognition they deserve. In this present British longest economic recession, our industry is going through the toughest time in history. We know for many influential people are curry lovers, eating curry is a core thing in almost every family now. This is where we need your help for this industry to survive. British Government must listen to our demands, VAT must be reduced to boost up sales, banks must relax their policy and start lending money to the business so that small businesses can survive and we will see less closure of business and of course there will be less unemployment too.
Along with the 14 coveted ‘Caterer of the Year Awards’, there will be 12 ‘Chef of the Year Awards’ selected through a BCA Chef of the Year cooking competition in search of the finest chef talent in the industry together with 3 ‘Honour Awards’ in recognition of outstanding achievement in civic society and support to the British Bangladeshi community.
The Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA), established in 1960 has become one of the oldest, largest, and influential pressure groups of the UK. Built on the work of Bangladeshi Migrants, BCA have prided itself on cultural heritage and promoting authentic Bangladeshi taste to keep the industry thriving and successful. Currently the BCA represents over 12,000 British Bangladeshi Restaurants and Takeaways. This industry employs approximately 100,000 people, with an estimated turnover of £4.2 billion per annum. With such a vast and flourishing industry, the BCA aspires to continuously improve standards for its members.
BCA recognises the importance of keeping the Bangladeshi Heritage alive for generations to come. They actively encourage the young to get involved in this industry in order for its survival as this will determine whether this community will continue to prosper in years to come, allowing the BCA to celebrate the Bangladeshi authentic taste from the past, bringing it into the present, and promoting it for the future.
Tasmin Lucia Khan, well renowned presenter formerly of ITV’s Daybreak and also an avid and loyal supporter of the BCA will host the awards. This year accompanying her as co-host will be Kulvinder Ghir, famously known for his role in ‘Goodness Gracious Me’. They will bring the event alive and welcome the 1000 audience to what we envisage to be a spectacular evening Guests will include a host of dignitaries, celebrities, parliamentarians and the Crème de la Crème of the Curry Elite together with loyal supporting BCA Members. The ceremony will take place in the lavish and prestigious setting of the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, in Central London on 3rd November 2013.
The night will entice your taste buds and warm your soul through a fusion of traditional and contemporary entertainment. This will be an opportunity to really celebrate the UK’s leading Curry Industrys entrepreneurs as they have successfully immigrated and integrated into Britain’s culture yet maintaining their heritage and roots through their fantastic cuisine.
At the special launching at the BT tower
BCA President Mr. Pasha Khandaker said, “Like many other businesses our British Curry industry is going through the toughest time ever, BCA is trying to find a way out and requires your help, in a time like this we need to be united. Together to overcome this problem, this is why I believe unity is more important and my urge is to all restaurateurs let’s get united come under the umbrella of BCA and make our voice stronger so that our demands are heard by the relevant authority”.
BCA Secretary General Mr M A Munim said, “Recognising the Caterers and the Chefs creates an opportunity for us to promote their hard work, efforts and achievements to the wider audience”
A special thank you to our sponsors who have displayed their commitment and support to the BCA; Cobra Beer, Square Mile Insurance, Bartercard, BT Business, Kansara’s, Bangladesh Biman Airlines, Canary Wharf Club, Chivas Regal, Community Skills Development Agency, Ellwood Foods, NPower, NRB Bank, Madhu’s and BCA Charity Partner Islamic Relief.
Anisul H Choudhury
Press and Publication Secretary (BCA)
For further information on the BCA Awards 2013 please contact:
T: 0116 2795 166