Ely’s curry chef savours success at a culinary masterclass

Curry chef's from Ely meet some of the biggest names from the food and hospitality industry. Photo:

Curry chef's from Ely meet some of the biggest names from the food and hospitality industry. Photo: Khalid Hussain - Credit: Archant

A curry chef from Ely hopes to raise its game after meeting some of the biggest names from the food and hospitality industry at a culinary masterclass in London.

The team from Ely’s Spice, in Broad Street, joined around 150 restaurateurs and chefs at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel London’s Docklands.

The event saw them trade ideas and learn the secrets and tips of acclaimed chefs, restaurant managers and business experts.

Executive Chef Jaman Ahmed, who leads the team behind Ely’s Spice kitchen, said: “It was a great opportunity to hear what the experts had to say and we certainly gained a lot of valuable information.

“At Ely’s Spice we’re constantly looking for ways to raise standards and gain knowledge to make a better experience for customers so the workshop gave us added inspiration.

“We’re proud of our excellent record for quality food and professional service and are constantly updating our menu and pushing the boundaries of Indian cuisine.

“It’s fantastic to have our efforts and recognised by the curry industry and we’re extremely honoured to receive this accolades and recognition from culinary masters.”

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At the culinary workshop a select group of restaurants and chefs were given certificates for making a continuous effort of improving on service and serving quality foods to their customers.

Speakers included Michelin star chef Rupert Rowley of Fischer’s Baslow Hall, Derbyshire, who shared some of his experiences working with food celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay, John Burton Race and Raymond Blanc.

Other speakers included restaurant manager Mo Gherras, a food and beverage expert and experienced restaurant manager, who managed high-end Michelin starred restaurants, such as Zaika of Kensington, and Ramsey’s Petrus.

He spoke about the importance of front-of-house service, while food hygiene expert Seth Gulliver from Just Eat covered aspects of food safety.

The invited guests at the event also enjoyed a three-course meal featuring and array of spicy dishes rustled up by London based awards winning Asian Caterers Mint Catering.

Syed Ahmed, event organiser and editor of Curry Life magazine, said: “The curry industry is one of the success stories of British cuisine.

“It’s always important to recognise the achievement of Indian Takeaways like Ely’s Spice in Cambridgeshire, where the team works hard to raise the bar on food and service, thus contributing to that success.”

Curry Life Magazine organised the event with support from Just Eat and Kingfisher Beer.