Usha needs your support to win award

Head chef  Ibby Ali, third from left, with other staff at Usha Indian restaurant, Burnley, with one of his dishes, as the restaurant have been entered into the Asian Curry Awards 2014, the national competition ceremony will be in London in November.
Head chef Ibby Ali, third from left, with other staff at Usha Indian restaurant, Burnley, with one of his dishes, as the restaurant have been entered into the Asian Curry Awards 2014, the national competition ceremony will be in London in November.

A Burnley restaurant is proving to be hot stuff after being nominated for a prestigious national curry award.

The Usha has made it to the finals of the 4th Asian Curry Awards and will be locking horns with a selection of the region’s finest restaurants to battle it out for the Best Indian Restaurant in the North West title.

The Rossendale Road restaurant scooped the award in 2011 but owner Ibrahim Ali believes this nomination is even more special because they did not know anything about it.

“Apparently we’ve had around 360 nominations from members of the public since September. Usually we push things like this but this year one of the partners has been away and we’ve not done anything to push it.

“We didn’t know anything about it until somebody asked to see the head chef and owner the other Sunday. We thought it was going to be a complaint. When we were told they were judges and we had been nominated we couldn’t believe it.”

The finals take place on Saturday, November 16th, at the Hilton Hotel in London and Mr Ali said the nomination had been a huge boost for everyone at the restaurant.

“It’s given everyone a real buzz,” said Mr Ali, who’s no stranger to winning awards either having been crowned North-West Chef of the Year by Curry Life Magazine a couple of years ago. “It’s incredible to have been recognised but now we want to go on to win it. We’ve been open for 13 years now and we’re always improving; the food is always getting better.

“We need people to keep on nominating us now because the more nominations we get, the higher the score we get and the more chance we have of winning.”

To nominate the Usha, visit www.asiancurryawards.com