Saturday, 28 June 2008

Emergency call for 1,000 new chefs to save our curry houses

The heat is on to save our national dish and Ministers have sprung into action.

Curry houses are in crisis because of a shortage of chefs to cook chicken tikka masala. Now Business Secretary John Denham has said he wants 1,000 British curry chefs trained as soon as possible.

He is giving the catering industry emergency funding to set up courses in ethnic food.

The Government will also hold a "curry summit" to discuss ways of saving the industry.

Indian restaurant owners have warned they may have to close because Bangladeshi immigrants who do the cooking are banned under new rules requiring them to speak English.

There are fears the £3.2billion industry could collapse.

Mr Denham said: "The deal will encourage owners to train home grown talent rather than rely on workers from abroad."

But Bangladeshi community spokesman Foysol Choudhury, from Edinburgh, said: "Our chefs don't need to speak English. Their curry talks."

Source : Mirror

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