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currywurst from Berlin

      I was in Berlin recently, and it's hard not to notice that currywurst is very popular there. Currywurst stalls are everywhere. So, what is it? Well, currywurst is a typical German sausage sliced into chunks which are smothered with a spicy ketchup with finely ground curry powder sprinkled on top.
And what's it like? I thought it was going to be awful but, as I was in Berlin, I felt at least I ought to give it a try. Surprisingly, it's quite nice. Nothing like curry at all really but the sweet and spicy currywurst ketchup is very moreish.

Apparently, currywurst originated In Berlin just after the end of WW2. Army rations were used as a form of currency and foodstuffs like tomato ketchup, Worcester Sauce and curry powder were available to trade. An enterprising Berliner acquired the three ingredients, blended them together and poured the resulting sauce over local sausages. At least, that's how the story goes.

International Indian Chef Of The Year Competition 2013

The final of the International Indian Chef of the Year Competition was held on Thursday 14th November in the kitchens of the Central Street Cookery School, London.

The winner was... Ashwani Kumar who is head chef at the Mango Lounge restaurant in Windsor. Congratulations to him. The runner-up was Sabrin Hoque, a housewife from Ilford - well done to her too.

     competition founder, Tommy Miah
The competition founder, Tommy Miah, and the winner, Ashwani Kumar

see our photo album of the competition

read our full report of the competition
(including the winner's menu)

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