Team delighted to be recognised

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CURRY connoisseurs at a city restaurant are celebrating after being acknowledged at this year’s British Curry Awards.

Stony Stratford’s Calcutta Brasserie was presented as a ‘Finalist’ from 15 venues in the South East.

The eatery was one of only five to receive this honour at the most prestigious Indian restaurant awards in the UK.

The glitzy event was held at Evolution in Battersea, London, and hosted by celebrity chef and presenter James Martin.

This year’s ceremony marked the seventh British Curry Award event since the awards launched in 2004.

A variety of celebrities and dignitaries attended the black tie evening, including footballer David Seaman, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, PR guru Max Clifford, Employment Minister Chris Grayling and Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi.

Prime Minister David Cameron also contributed a broadcast message from Downing Street, during which he announced the winner of one of the evening’s awards.

The total number of attendees was 1,600, ranging from restaurateurs to media and personalities.

The team at Calcutta Brasserie were delighted just to have been selected on the shortlist of a region that stretches from Milton Keynes to as far as Brighton, so to be named as ‘Finalists’ was a true honour.

Proprietor Mo Abdul said: “There is no bigger prize in the Indian Restaurant business than the Curry Awards and to have been chosen out of so many fantastic restaurants is an unbelievable achievement.

“However, we are aiming to win the category next year no matter how hard it is.”

An amazing 2,700 restaurants were entered for the awards from a record 68,000 public nominations.

Mo added: “I hope you will join me in congratulating the staff, chefs and team for their hard work.”

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