Chef Abdul wins top award

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Eastbourne’s Spice Garden Restaurant in Old Town has won a prestigious award for its food.

Restaurant owner and chef Abdul Kadir was honoured with a top chef award from the Bangladesh Caterers Association for his signature dish called Chicken Malabar.

He was presented with his award at a ceremony in London some time ago but last month held a celebratory event at the Church “Street restaurant which also coincided with the Bangladesh New Year.

Guests were treated to a meal of traditional Bangladeshi dishes.

Among those attending were Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, the town’s mayor Mike Thompson and tourism boss Councillor Carolyn Heaps as well as countless representatives from the Bangladesh community in Eastbourne, Hastings, Brighton and further along the coast.

The special guest was Pasha Kandaker, president of the Bangladesh Caterers Association which organised the awards.

He paid tribute to Mr Kadir and his staff for the success of the restaurant which is no stranger to winning accolades.

Last year the restaurant beat off hot competition to be shortlisted for Britain’s ‘Curry Oscars’.

The Spice Garden was the only restaurant in Eastbourne on the shortlist – and one of only three across Sussex.

A total of 2,700 restaurants were entered for the awards from a record 68,000 public nominations and 100 made the shortlist across the whole country.

Spice Garden is a family-run business which has been going for 15 years.

Mr Kadir said, “It’s good news. I am delighted to have won this award from the BCA and really honoured.

“We have a great team here at the restaurant and this award belongs to them as well. We have a regular following of customers, who come back time and time again.”

Carolyn Heaps described the restaurant as one of Eastbourne’s favourites eateries and said the food and service were second to none.

The BCA represents 12,000 Bangladesh restaurants and take aways across the country to promote Bangladeshi cuisine.