Khaled Ahmed, chef and owner of Wellington’s ‘Tamarind Bay’ has won national recognition at the recent Bangladesh Caterers’ Association Awards in London.
He was presented with the award of ‘South West Caterer of the Year’ at the prestigious event at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane last month hosted by TV presenter Tasmin Lucia-Khan and Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace. Khaled was one of only 10 recipients of the award from across the UK regions.
“It was a really exciting event,” Khaled said. “We didn’t know we were being judged as the diners didn’t tell us they were coming. We were chosen as one of only 4 restaurants in the south west to be invited to the BCA ceremony – and it was only while we were there that we learned we had won this award. We are all very proud.”
The BCA’s Chief guest, Labour Leader Ed Milliband MP, commended the contribution of the British-Bangladeshi community in his speech to the invited guests: “These are incredibly important awards because they honour a community and a set of restaurants that are at the heart of every street and every neighbourhood in our country. I want to pay tribute to what has been achieved by the British Bangladeshi community, to the extraordinary businesses – family-run businesses – that you represent.”
Established in 1960, The Bangladesh Caterers Association today represents over 12,000 British Bangladeshi restaurants and takeaways – an industry that employs approximately 80,000 people, with an estimated turnover of £5.2 billion per annum. Built on the work of Bangladeshi migrants, the BCA prides itself on cultural heritage and promoting authentic Bangladeshi taste to keep the industry thriving and successful.