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Taj proves it’s the Raj of Indian restaurants in West Sussex

Manager TajMahal - Thursday, October 26, 2017

THE TAJ MAHAL RESTAURANT IN CRAWLEY PROVED IT WAS AS HIGHFLYING AS SOME OF ITS CORPORATE CUSTOMERS WHEN IT WAS VOTED THE BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT IN WEST SUSSEX AT THE ANNUAL CURRY LIFE AWARDS.

The restaurant's customers include Virgin Airlines who host their regular pilots' dinners at the venue.

Owner of Taj Mahal Crawley, Mr Belayet Hussain picked up the coveted award in front of an audience of more than 600 people at a gala event in London's Royal Lancaster Hotel hosted by the Journalist and Broadcaster, Michael Buerk.

Mr Hussain welcomed the news admitting the business has had its fair share of turbulent times and he had to close two other eateries to focus his efforts on the Taj Mahal based at 2-4 High Street of Crawley, West Sussex.

He said: "It's great news and I'm delighted for all the staff. I may have collected the award but it is a team effort.

"I've spent my whole life in the curry industry and it is nice to have been part of a generation that has helped make curry the official national dish."

The Curry Life Awards and Gala Dinner celebrated our 'official' national dish 'Chicken Tikka Masala' giving visitors the chance to find out more about an industry serving 2.5 million customers a week, generating revenue of £4.2 billion a year.

This year awards ceremony recognised the best 13 best curry restaurants and 19 curry chefs in the UK, 4 best curry takeaways, an European best curry restaurant, lifetime achievement award for a restaurateur providing dedicated services to the Curry Industry for over 50 years and International Honour Award for a successful female chef from India.

Guest of honour at the ceremony Sir Keir Starmer MP, Shadow BREXIT Secretary, said: "The curry industry makes a huge contribution to the economy and is an integral part of the UK dining experience.

"It's been through some tough times but has continued to grow and develop to meet the growing appetite for this cuisine.

"Its employees epitomise the ethos that hard work brings success and I'm delighted they are in the spotlight tonight and able to sit back and enjoy an evening off."

Lord Karan Bilimoria, Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer, said: "It's wonderful to see the talent on show tonight. You have to be passionate to achieve anything in life and speaking to some of the winners tonight it is clear this is a vocation, not a job. I've worked alongside restaurateurs for many years and their dedication is something we could all learn from."

Curry Life Awards and Gala Dinner was organised in association with the takeaway food ordering app, Just Eat.

Mr Graham Corfield, Managing Director of the Just Eat, said: "There is no doubt that curry is one of the nation's favourite food and behind the great tastes of curry, are great craftsmen. We are all in an awe of what the chefs do and I applaud them for producing some of the most exotic food in the world at the cheapest prices.

"Those chefs and restaurants have been awarded by Curry Life, deserves to be congratulated for their hard work and achievements," he added.

The Curry Life Awards celebrate the unique fusion cuisine of Indian food in the UK and is part of a wider organisation that organises the British Curry Festival around the world.

Syed Belal Ahmed, who is the Editor of Curry Life Magazine, which organises the Curry Life Awards, added: "We have been championing the British curry cuisine for many years and despite being hit hard by several recessions, it has managed to survive and flourish.

"There are pressing issues that need to be resolved, such as relaxing overseas work permits and a sensible discussion about spiralling business rates, but awards ceremony was about recognition and celebration of much loved British curry."

The awards raised over £3,000 for Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) that represents 13 UK's leading charities for their appeal on Myanmar Refugee crisis.

Other guests at the event included: Rushanara Ali MP, Matt Western MP, Wes Streeting MP and Paul Scully MP.

Over £3,000 was raised on the evening for the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) Myanmar Appeal. The DEC, which represents 13 of the UK's leading charities, has been raising funds to support thousands of refugees fleeing torture and abuse and taking shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.