The winner of the 2008 International Indian Chef of the Year Competition has been announced by the chairman of the judging panel, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie.
D. Vassaramo of Thornbury Hall Rasoi, Staffordshire was this year's winner and he goes away with the top prize of £1,000. He won with this exciting menu:
Navvabi Ghinga - prawns served with crispy salad and a tamarind & ginger chutney
Nariyal Malai Chicken - a south Indian dish of chicken cooked with coconut milk and cream and served in a coconut shell
Noshare Dumba - Staffordshire reared leg of lamb stuffed with fenugreek leaves, mint and spinach and served with a saffron sauce
Khumbie Shan Paneer - a vegetarian dish of fresh cheese and mushroom in ghee
Second place went to Arbroath student Sharmila Raj who also won the £250 Lady Fraser Prize for the best vegetarian dish. Third place went to Birmingham College lecturer Michael Gilbert.
The 8 finalists competed in a 2½ hour cook-off at Edinburgh's Telford College. The competition was founded in 1991 by Edinburgh entrepreneur Tommy Miah to promote innovation and quality in Indian cuisine.
the winner in action
the 8 finalists
l to r Tommy Miah, D. Vassaramo and Lord Fraser of Carmyllie
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