Three Welsh restaurants have been named award winners at the ‘Oscars’ of the curry world, the Asian Curry Awards 2021.
More than 800 guests attended the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House in London’s Mayfair on Sunday, November 22.
In the Asian Restaurant of the Year for Wales category, The Grand Sultan in Port Talbot was named the winner.
The Grand Sultan is set in 25 acres of plush green scenery on the nine hole Lakeside Golf course in Margam. It’s no stranger to award success having before picked up Best Restaurant and Takeaway in Wales at the Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards 2019. Find out what we thought of it here.
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In the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant category, Cardiff’s Vegetarian Food Studio fended off competition from across the country to be named the best in the UK. Amazingly, it’s the third year in a row that the restaurant has been named the winner in this category.
Established in 2003, this Grangetown restaurant which specialises in Gujarati cooking, is very much a family run business. The head chef, Neil Patel developed his passion and knowledge from his grandmother, who nevertheless helps out at the restaurant.
The final Welsh winner was chef Rahman Shah Ataur from Shampan Indian Restaurant in Cowbridge who was named Asian Chef of the Year. He was declared joint winner with three other chefs from across the UK.
The Asian Curry Awards are designed to recognise the best in the industry and are organised by the Asian Catering Federation and the Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers UK, which represents 35,000 UK restaurants and takeaways.
Addressing the audience at the award ceremony, Yawar Khan, Chairman of the Asian Catering Federation spoke of the sector’s resilience but expected that in the confront of steeply rising costs and harsh staff shortages: “The days of the cheap Friday night curry are coming to end.”
The Welsh winners
Asian Restaurant of the Year for Wales – The Grand Sultan, Port Talbot
Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant in the UK – Vegetarian Food Studio, Cardiff
Asian Chef of the Year – Rahman Shah Ataur, Shampan Indian Restaurant, Cowbridge
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