Curry chef and takeaway scoop three tasty awards

The Spice King takeaway on Ronaldsway in Preston has again made it to the finals of the English Curry Awards.'Head Chef Azad Ali in spectacular form.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-8-2015

The Spice King takeaway on Ronaldsway in Preston has again made it to the finals of the English Curry Awards.'Head Chef Azad Ali in spectacular form. PIC BY ROB LOCK'28-8-2015

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Preston food fans can now treat themselves to the best curry in the North West, cooked by the best curry chef in England!

It’s after Fylde Road takeaway Indian Express and its head chef Jamie Palmer scooped three first prizes at the English Curry Awards in Manchester.

Hot stuff:  Indian Express head chef Jamie Palmer rustles up a curry and, inset, chef Juned Ahmed from Spice King

Hot stuff: Indian Express head chef Jamie Palmer rustles up a curry and, inset, chef Juned Ahmed from Spice King

After being nominated by customers, Jamie picked up the best takeaway in the North West, and the best chef in the North West and England prizes at the event held at Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

Judges visited each of the four finalists, which included Preston’s Ronaldsway takeaway, Spice King, which also made the final. They tasted curries from each takeaway before announcing a winner at the awards on Monday night.

Indian Express was only set up in Fylde Road in 2012 by Jamie and his business partner Pete Kelly. But it has already become a big favourite with curry lovers across the city and Jamie says it was “very unexpected” to win the awards. Jamie, 37, said: “I was so pleased because I wasn’t sure how we’d do. It was very unexpected to win the national chef award because there are so many talented chefs across the country, so for me personally it’s incredible.

“I knew we had a chance as we’d been working really hard but the competition is always very tough so we’re delighted to come away as winners for the north west. Hopefully, now we can go into the British Curry Awards and do well again but our main focus is just to keep up the high standards we have set ourselves.”

It was very unexpected to win the national chef award because there are so many talented chefs across the country, so for me personally it’s incredible.

Jamie Palmer

Adam Fayid, manager at Spice King, said: “We’re really pleased to get to the final and once again we want to thank our customers for nominating us. Hopefully we can keep improving and win next year.”