The Tamarind team in Newport is celebrating after winning a prestigious award at a national event showcasing Indian cuisine.
Head chef Jila Miah (widely known as Jimmy) brought home the title of Best Chef from this year’s Curry Life awards, held at a gala ceremony in London’s West End.
The awards, which celebrate the best of the best in Indian cuisine, attracted an audience of more than five hundred, including beer magnate, Lord (Karan) Bilimoria, who founded the popular Cobra Beer, which is served in Tamarind.
Speaking after the ceremony, Jimmy said: “We’re delighted to have won this award; it means so much to us. Thanks to everyone who has supported us along the way.”
Jimmy works closely with his brother, Mahmudur, using their combined creativity and culinary skills to come up with new recipes, heavily influenced by feedback and requests received from customers, many of whom have been regular diners for years.
The award-winning restaurant has gained a solid reputation across the Island, with a menu that combines old favourites and new dishes, such as Tandoori Jingha, with prawns, lamb or chicken and chicken Nizami, made with ginger, yoghurt, mustard and chilli.
Speaking at the awards, Lord Bilimoria paid tribute to the winners, saying: “Everyone who was on the stage has made sacrifices and worked hard. Your achievements inspire all of us, particularly younger people, to aspire and achieve themselves.”