BBC puts chefs off a career in curry, claims campaigner
BBC SHOWS like MasterChef and Great British Menu are putting young chefs off a career cooking curries, a leading restaurateur has warned.
Enam Ali, a champion of the UK curry industry, fears television shows which promote French culinary techniques could be contributing to a shortage of curry chefs.
Speaking the day before he hosts the annual British Curry Awards – the socalled ‘“Curry Oscars” – Mr Ali said the industry, which employs about 100,000 people in Britain, is suffering a kitchen staffing crisis, forcing some restaurants to close.
The Bangladeshi-born businessman, 57, who owns a restaurant in Epsom, Surrey, and was awarded an MBE for services to the catering business, urged television bosses to show how Asian spices and cooking techniques can be just as sophisticated as French cuisine.
“Programmes like MasterChef and Great British Menu should promote the British curry, which is in fact a highly complex cooking technique and part of our British food heritage,” he said.
The BBC declined to comment.