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Chefs from five Peterborough restaurants competed for the title ‘Peterborough Curry Chef of the Year’ on 5 September and it was Mohammed Abdul Hakim, from Donner & Balti Express on Lincoln Road, who was crowned curry king for the third year successive year.

The competition was organised by Peterborough City Council’s environmental health food team at Peterborough Regional College. The five chefs had 60 minutes to prepare and serve a curry, complementary side dish and a bread or rice dish. The dishes were then judged on appearance, aroma, texture and taste.

Scores for the meals were combined with marks awarded by food safety officers based on food safety and hygiene assessments at each chef's restaurant kitchens to select the overall winner. Restaurant evaluations covered issues such as kitchen cleanliness, food storage, personal hygiene, level of training and food temperature monitoring.

After the scores were added up, it was announced Mr Hakim had successively defended his crown and was awarded the prestigious title of ‘Peterborough Curry Chef of the Year 2006’ and a trophy. However, the Lincoln Road restaurant owner said he would be hanging up his apron and giving somebody else a chance to win the coveted title next year.

The five chefs were: Mohammed Abdul Hakim, from Donner & Balti Express, on Lincoln Road; Kham Bahadur Chhetri, from The Indian Chef, on Lincoln Road; Mohammed Manir from Ali’s Balti House, on Bourges Boulevard; Sajda Andleeb from Food For All Your Occasions, on Percival Street; and Supakorn Masuntia from The Brewery Tap.

Jenny Clare, food safety officer at Peterborough City Council, said: “I would like to congratulate all the chefs who took part in this year’s competition. They all did extremely well and displayed high standards in food preparation, kitchen hygiene and of course great food.”

The judges were: Nigel Thornton, deputy editor at the Peterborough Evening Telegraph; Deputy Mayor of Peterborough Councillor Marion Todd; Andrew Gillard from Peterborough Regional College; Councillor Graham Murphy, Peterborough City Council member for Environment and Community Safety; Jane Smith from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire; and Zaheda Khanam, who won her place on the panel in a competition published in the July edition of the city council’s ‘Your Peterborough’ newspaper.

September 2006

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