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Baldock's Chilli Lounge shortlisted in Asian Curry Awards

PUBLISHED: 11:27 19 October 2018

Abbas Ahmed at the launch of Chilli Lounge's charity partnership with POhWER. Picture: POhWER

Abbas Ahmed at the launch of Chilli Lounge's charity partnership with POhWER. Picture: POhWER

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The Chilli Lounge in Baldock has been shortlisted for this year's Asian Curry Awards.

Chilli Lounge in Baldock has been shortlisted for this year’s Asian Curry Awards.

The finalists were determined by more than 100,000 votes from members of the public,

A team of judges led by Pat Chapman, the editor and founder of the Cobra Good Curry Guide, is now touring the country to visit each of the restaurants, including Baldock’s Chilli Lounge in Whitehorse Street.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by BBC broadcaster Babita Sharma at Grosvenor House in Mayfair on Sunday, November 18.

This year’s awards include Asian Restaurant of the Year, Healthy Eating Restaurant of the Year, Best Chain and Best Newcomer.

There are also ten regional awards for the Best South Asian restaurants in London, London suburbs, south east, south west, south coast, north, midlands, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Asian Curry Awards are organised by the Asian Catering Federation, which represents the nation’s 30,000 Asian and Oriental restaurants and takeaways. These are the only awards open to all cuisines from the entire Asian continent stretching from Istanbul to Tokyo.

Awards chairman Yawar Khan said: “The demand for delicious, spicy food has never been greater – but competition is fierce and the industry faces many challenges, not the least of which is the uncertainty surrounding restaurateurs’ ability to recruit overseas workers post-Brexit.

“These awards are designed to encourage our young people to embark on a careers into the restaurant industry and recognise the efforts, creativity and skill of the pioneers who our driving standards even higher.”

Abbas Ahmed and his Chilli Lounge team are supporters of local charities in North Herts and have raised money for Garden House Hospice Care and and The Hertfordshire Air Ambulance service in the past, and currently hold a charity partnership with POhWER – based in Stevenage.

In 2015, Abbas won Curry Life Magazine’s chef of the year award for Hertfordshire, and he went on to represent British curry in India at the Taste of Britain Curry Festival in 2016.

To support Chilli Lounge at the awards ceremony, you can buy tickets on www.asiancurryawards.com

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