The final of the 2009 International Indian Chef of the Year Competition took place on 30th January at Edinburgh’s Telford College.
This year's title was awarded to Tipu Rahman, owner of Tamarind Restaurant in Northampton who beat 5 other finalists in a gruelling 2½ hour cook-off. Not content with winning the top prize of £1000 Tipu also walked off with the £250 Lady Fraser Prize for the best vegetarian dish.
The runner up was Vivek Kashiwale a chef at Vineet Bhatia's 'Bird by Vineet' restaurant in Leeds.
The competition was founded in 1991 by Edinburgh-based entrepreneur Tommy Miah to promote innovation and quality in Indian cuisine.
Chairman of the judges, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, announced the winner at Tommy Miah's Raj Restaurant in Edinburgh. Celebrating at the prize-giving dinner Tipu Rahman declared "I was very hopeful I would be able to win. I entered last year and did well so I thought maybe this time it would be my time to win. The competition was very strong but I think the judges chose my menu because the food was very healthy."
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