Burnley chef nominated for top award

Ibrahim Ali, head chef at Usha. (s)

Ibrahim Ali, head chef at Usha. (s)

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A Burnley chef is close to tasting success at yet another prestigious awards ceremony.

Ibrahim Ali, owner and head chef at Usha Indian restaurant in Rossendale Road, has been nominated in the Outstanding Achievement in the Curry Industry category at the Bangladeshi Business Awards.

The awards will be presented at the New Bingley Hall in Birmingham on Wednesday evening with Mr Ali battling it out against three other nominees.

“I’ve actually only just found out about it,” said Mr Ali. “It’s a public nomination and I’m delighted to be up it, especially considering it’s a nationwide award. It’s not just a nomination for me though, it’s a nomination for the restaurant and everybody who works here. I’m going down with my family and it promises to be a good night.”

Usha has won a number of awards since opening back in 2002, the last coming in November when they beat off stiff competition from some of the North-West’s finest restaurants to win Best South Asian Restaurant at the 4th Asian Curry Awards, held at the Hilton, London.

The restaurant also recently revealed plans to have its bar extended and the interior completely updated as part of £150,000 refurbishment work set to take place in the summer.