One of UK’s best curry cooks

Local chef turns heat on rivals
By Kevin Shoesmith

A Swindon curry chef was up against hot opposition as he took part in a national competition to find the UK’s curry king.

Jamal Miah of Spice Express in Purton, took on six rivals at the South West and Wales final of the National Curry Competition 2003 held at Swindon North Star College yesterday.

And his mouth-watering dish of sweet cinnamon chicken with shahi pilau rice got the approval of judges who awarded him third place.

The chef says the secret to a top curry is all in the preparation.

“You have to have the best ingredients and prepare them well. I am very pleased that I have made it this far –I really enjoy cooking.”

As reported in the Evening Advertiser the 43-year-old shrugged off competition from other Swindon cooks in July to make it through to this heat.

Each dish was marked on taste, texture, appearance and aroma.

The organiser Eunice Salmon, an environmental health education officer with Swindon Council, said: “This is the third year Swindon has hosted the regional final and it’s great to see a local chef make it this far. Our chef certainly had a lot of healthy competition. I would definitely encourage other restaurants to enter the competition next year,” the official said.