Hot battle for spicy chefs

Top spicy chef Jamal Miah battled it out in a sizzling kitchen yesterday to try and win a place in the finals of a national curry competition.

Mr Miah, 43, of Kingswood Avenue, cooked against the clock with seven other regional finalists at Swindon College but lost out to Robin Coomes from the Taj Mahal Restaurant in Guernsey.

The Swindon chef works at the small takeaway Spice Express in The Parade, Purton which is owned by Mohamed Ali, aged 39.

Mr Miah won the local heat with his cinnamon chicken, bajja boal-apan , fried fresh water catfish, marinated in spices, and a shahi pilau basmati rice cooked with milk, spices and nuts.

He competed against three other chefs in the area and judges said they were impressed by the contrasting flavours in his dishes.

At yesterday’s competition the eight chefs from Wales and West of England region had one hour to prepare and cook a curry dish, a side dish and rice or bread in front of a live audience.

Judges awarded marks for taste, texture, aroma, appearance and bonus points for originality, presentation and hygiene awareness.