Scot­tish fizz causes real hulla-bru

In­dian chef up for hon­our

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Shirley Bar­tynek

It was ‘naan-stop’ ex­cite­ment this week at a Hamil­ton take­away fa­mous for their Buck­fast ko­rma and Irn-bru pakora – as they’ve reached the fi­nal of a top UK in­dus­try award.

The House of Shah, in the town’s Quarry Street, are in the run­ning for Best Take­away Chef in Bri­tain at The Bri­tish Take­away Awards (BTAS).

For the last month, take­away restau­rant own­ers across Bri­tain have been nom­i­nat­ing their cooks and chefs for the cov­eted ‘Best Take­away Chef in Bri­tain’ award.

From the hun­dreds of en­tries, rang­ing from fish fry­ers to pizza chefs, five culi­nary mas­ter­minds have been se­lected as fi­nal­ists.

And chef Nazar Hus­sain – of The House of Shah in Hamil­ton – will com­pete against the oth­ers to take home the pres­ti­gious ti­tle.

Just last year, curry lovers in Hamil­ton were de­lighted when the take­away came up with a new dish that had a Scot­tish twist – Irn-bru chicken pakora.

The dish went down a treat and was a fol­low-up to the take­away’s Buckie ko­rma which has been on sale since it opened in 2007.

Naz, who has been a head chef with many top In­dian restau­rants across Glas­gow, spoke to us when he cre­ated the Irn-bru pakora, say­ing: “I think we have got the recipe just right now and I hope our cus­tomers might like to try it out.

“It does not have a dis­tinc­tive Irn- Bru flavour but there is def­i­nitely an af­ter-taste of the drink.”

The fi­nal­ists have been in­vited to cook their sig­na­ture dish for a panel of Bri­tish Take­away Award judges, in­clud­ing celebrity chef Ains­ley Har­riott and busi­ness­woman and star of BBC 2 Dragon’s Den Sarah Willing­ham.

The cook-off will take place in Cac­tus Kitchens in Lon­don, the home of BBC 1’s Satur­day Kitchen and Michel Roux Jr’s cook­ery school.

Chefs will be judged on a num­ber of cri­te­ria in­clud­ing tech­nique, qual­ity of in­gre­di­ents, pre­sen­ta­tion and pas­sion for food. The win­ner will be an­nounced at the Bri­tish Take­away Awards cer­e­mony at The Savoy Ho­tel in Lon­don on Novem­ber 27.

Nazar Hus­sain will com­pete for the ti­tle against Steven Zheng of Savour Chi­nese Cui­sine in Ed­in­burgh, Chris Cheah of Chicken Ge­orge in Lu­ton, Benn Hodges of Eat­first in Aldgate and Soli Miah of Miah’s Kitchen in Welling­bor­ough, Northamp­ton­shire.

Go to the Hamil­ton Ad­ver­tiser’s Face­book page or web­site for a video of the Irn-bru pakora be­ing made.

Top team Joe, Naz and Cal with the House of Shah’s Irn-bru pakora dish

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