BBC puts chefs off a ca­reer in curry, claims cam­paigner

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Steve Bird

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.

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