Chef proves he has the taste for success

Echo: l/r Chef Burhan Uddin and Raj Mannan - manager. The restaurant's chef Burhan Uddin recently won chef of the year at the Bangladesh Caterers Assocaition awards. l/r Chef Burhan Uddin and Raj Mannan - manager. The restaurant's chef Burhan Uddin recently won chef of the year at the Bangladesh Caterers Assocaition awards.

A chef has proved he has got a taste for success after scooping a prestigious award.


More than 200 Indian cooks from across the country entered the Bangladeshi Catering Association’s 2012 Awards and Burhan Uddin from at the Bekash restaurant in Nevendon Road, Wickford, won the chef of the year gong.


He entered with his own dish, chicken shahi bhuna, which is tandoori chicken cooked in a sauce of green chilis, yoghurt, garlic, and mushrooms, and impressed the judges with its flavour and creativity.


He was given the award at a special bash at the Westminster Place Plaza in London on December 9, and the gong now takes pride of place in the restaurant.


Mr Uddin, 38, who has been working at the restaurant for 15 years, said: “I’m so happy to win this award and it’ll give me the motivation to go on and win more.


“The job is very tiring at times with long hours but when customers give us good feedback it’s really nice to hear.


“I was so surprised to win the award because of how many chefs entered. It’s the restaurant’s signature dish and I created it to give our customers something that would taste nice.”


He was entered into the contest by the Bekash’s owner Raj Mannan, and the duo went to the Hammersmith College to take part in the heats.
Judges rated each chef on flavour, hygene, creativity, and cost-effectiveness.


Chefs as far as Glasgow even turned up to try their hand at the prize.
The Bekash has been a staple in Wickford for the past 27 years, while Mr Uddin has been working there for 15 years.


Mr Mannan said: “It’s brilliant to win the award. I entered him because he’s a brilliant chef and to get him out of the kitchen for a bit.


“I knew he could cook a great dish, and I was quietly confident.


“The award looks a bit like an Oscar and we’ve got it up in the restaurant.


“Hopefully it brings in a bit of business for us.”

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12:24pm Wed 2 Jan 13

black jack ketchum says...

He obviously wasn't working the night we went there as the food was awful!
He obviously wasn't working the night we went there as the food was awful! black jack ketchum

2:06pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Eutraveller says...

black jack ketchum wrote:
He obviously wasn't working the night we went there as the food was awful!
What did you order, Sour Grapes ??
[quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: He obviously wasn't working the night we went there as the food was awful![/p][/quote]What did you order, Sour Grapes ?? Eutraveller

2:43pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Born & bread says...

No. Humble pie.
No. Humble pie. Born & bread

3:16pm Wed 2 Jan 13

black jack ketchum says...

Eutraveller wrote:
black jack ketchum wrote:
He obviously wasn't working the night we went there as the food was awful!
What did you order, Sour Grapes ??
We have eaten in some of the best Indian restaurants in the uk & believe me Bekash doesn't even come close to being an award winning restaurant,
No I am not a chef & no I don't work in any food related business so no idea what the sour graped comment comes from!
[quote][p][bold]Eutraveller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: He obviously wasn't working the night we went there as the food was awful![/p][/quote]What did you order, Sour Grapes ??[/p][/quote]We have eaten in some of the best Indian restaurants in the uk & believe me Bekash doesn't even come close to being an award winning restaurant, No I am not a chef & no I don't work in any food related business so no idea what the sour graped comment comes from! black jack ketchum

4:04pm Wed 2 Jan 13

SpiffSpaffington1984 says...

Bekash is a top restaurant, that & mintoo are the only decent indian restaurants in the whole bas area
Bekash is a top restaurant, that & mintoo are the only decent indian restaurants in the whole bas area SpiffSpaffington1984

4:08pm Wed 2 Jan 13

howironic says...

black jack ketchum wrote:
Eutraveller wrote:
black jack ketchum wrote: He obviously wasn't working the night we went there as the food was awful!
What did you order, Sour Grapes ??
We have eaten in some of the best Indian restaurants in the uk & believe me Bekash doesn't even come close to being an award winning restaurant, No I am not a chef & no I don't work in any food related business so no idea what the sour graped comment comes from!
Awwww diddums!!!!

Where exactly does it say they won an award for best restaurant? As far as I can see it was for an individual dish, perhaps you should try the chicken shahi bhuna next time.
[quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eutraveller[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: He obviously wasn't working the night we went there as the food was awful![/p][/quote]What did you order, Sour Grapes ??[/p][/quote]We have eaten in some of the best Indian restaurants in the uk & believe me Bekash doesn't even come close to being an award winning restaurant, No I am not a chef & no I don't work in any food related business so no idea what the sour graped comment comes from![/p][/quote]Awwww diddums!!!! Where exactly does it say they won an award for best restaurant? As far as I can see it was for an individual dish, perhaps you should try the chicken shahi bhuna next time. howironic

4:26pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

sounds tasty - might poppadom along one day. Might ask my Naan if she fancies a ruby murray....
sounds tasty - might poppadom along one day. Might ask my Naan if she fancies a ruby murray.... Eric Whim

5:32pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Eric Whim wrote:
sounds tasty - might poppadom along one day. Might ask my Naan if she fancies a ruby murray....
And thanks for your racist toned and juvenilistic joke.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: sounds tasty - might poppadom along one day. Might ask my Naan if she fancies a ruby murray....[/p][/quote]And thanks for your racist toned and juvenilistic joke. Carnabackable

6:41pm Wed 2 Jan 13

SpiffSpaffington1984 says...

"racist toned" haha i've heard it all now, making puns out of food names is racist? Get a life you sandal-wearing, telegraph-reading, green tea-drinking, tie-dye-jumper-weari
ng, leftie. I bet you donate to greenpeace dont you?
"racist toned" haha i've heard it all now, making puns out of food names is racist? Get a life you sandal-wearing, telegraph-reading, green tea-drinking, tie-dye-jumper-weari ng, leftie. I bet you donate to greenpeace dont you? SpiffSpaffington1984

7:28pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

SpiffSpaffington1984 wrote:
"racist toned" haha i've heard it all now, making puns out of food names is racist? Get a life you sandal-wearing, telegraph-reading, green tea-drinking, tie-dye-jumper-weari

ng, leftie. I bet you donate to greenpeace dont you?
No I do not, though I am looking for some one to play the part of a hare, to give my dogs some exercise. do you want a job? I'd give a good head start.....
[quote][p][bold]SpiffSpaffington1984[/bold] wrote: "racist toned" haha i've heard it all now, making puns out of food names is racist? Get a life you sandal-wearing, telegraph-reading, green tea-drinking, tie-dye-jumper-weari ng, leftie. I bet you donate to greenpeace dont you?[/p][/quote]No I do not, though I am looking for some one to play the part of a hare, to give my dogs some exercise. do you want a job? I'd give a good head start..... Carnabackable

7:49am Thu 3 Jan 13

Barry Bas says...

SpiffSpaffington1984 wrote:
Bekash is a top restaurant, that & mintoo are the only decent indian restaurants in the whole bas area
The Coriander at the shops on the corner of Church Road and Whitmore Way is very nice too.
[quote][p][bold]SpiffSpaffington1984[/bold] wrote: Bekash is a top restaurant, that & mintoo are the only decent indian restaurants in the whole bas area[/p][/quote]The Coriander at the shops on the corner of Church Road and Whitmore Way is very nice too. Barry Bas

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