A curry chef from South Yorkshire is celebrating after being crowned as one of the best in the country.
Naz Haque, executive chef at the Café Naz Indian Restaurant in Wath-upon-Dearne, was one of 46 chefs to receive recognition for their contribution to an industry worth more than £4.2 billion a year.
He was honoured at the 2013 curry chef of the year awards in London.
Naz said: “I love what I do and it is nice to see my style of cooking at the restaurant has been recognised. A successful restaurant is a team effort so this award is for everyone I work with.
“The award will inspire us to keep improving and I’d also like to thank all our customers for their help in putting us on the map.”
John Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, said: “This is a huge accolade for Naz and I’m proud Rotherham can say it is home to one of the best curry chefs in the country.
“I am a big curry fan and I’ve found Café Naz to have great food, a warm atmosphere and friendly staff.
“They thoroughly deserve this award and I hope it will encourage more people to discover this hidden gem.”
Guests at the event included Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who said: “Asian cuisine plays an important role in our national life, so it’s right we celebrate and recognise the great achievements of this industry and I congratulate all of the winning chefs.
“We want Britain to be the place where top chefs train in Asian cuisine – attracting and inspiring young people from all backgrounds who will design not only the brilliant dishes but also become the entrepreneurs and business owners of the future.”
Syed Belal Ahmed, of competition organiser Curry Life Magazine, said: “The UK is the home for the best curry.”