Started from 2009, the Curry Life Awards is an annual celebration of British Curry Industry. CURRY LIFE AWARDS reward and recognises the individual who represent the very best of CURRY Businesses in Great Britain and shown innovation and inspiration to their work. Each year the awards are given in different categories and interested participants are requested to check with our Awards Team for category they wish to nominate for.
The main purpose of this event is to honour the outstanding restaurants and chefs, who have excelled every way in the trade and culinary excellence of Curry Cuisine.
The assessment process is rigorous and tailored to suit each category. Establishments are visited once our anonymous judges draw up a short-list. The establishments are not notified in advance.
The judges inspect premises once; although where they feel a second visit is required they will return. The Judges decisions are final.
Winning an award really can make a difference and lead to increase sales and awareness about your business. The Curry Life Awards provide the confidence and the motivation to set sights higher for aspiring chefs and restaurateurs.
Plans to build a five-storey complex with a shopping centre and corporate office space in Brick Lane have been given the green light, despite fierce opposition from local residents and businesses.
At a Tower Hamlets Development Committee meeting held on 14 September, councillors passed the planning application by two votes to one. Up until 2 September, 82 letters of support for the plans had been submitted, versus 7,476 letters of objection. The plans would involve converting the existing Old Truman Brewery site, which at present houses many small businesses, into a mixed-used site featuring office space, retail and restaurants.
Those objecting to the scheme said the plans would result in a shopping mall-type structure. They say this would be detrimental to the local Bangladeshi community, having a negative impact on the area’s identity, and would result in smaller businesses being forced out of the area, due to rising rents.
Saif Osmani, co-founder of Bengali East End Heritage Society, which forms part of the Save Brick Lane Coalition said: “The decision to ‘rubber stamp’ gentrification leads to social cleansing. Inevitably the embedded local communities like the British-Bangladeshi community would be most affected. The Coalition spent months collecting signatures from the homes and estates around Brick Lane, meeting young families in their 20s and 30s who were bringing their own families up but had seen no improvements to their local area. Where are these opportunities that planning and development promises?”
The Bengali East End Heritage Society has taken legal advice and is looking at the options available to challenge the Development Committee’s decision.
“We would like the future plans for the Truman Brewery site to include a mixture of truly affordable homes for local people and families,” added Osmani. “Successive previous master plans have said that this is possible and remains an important social need.”
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