UK curry shops get boost from PM

November 27, 2013 1:48 AM

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British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered his support to the country's curry houses as they attempt to to boost recruitment of skilled chefs from overseas.

Cameron told the British Curry Awards ceremony at Battersea in London that the nation's dishes have already eclipsed those in south Asia, where they originated.

He said curry had become part of the British identity and the government would help tackle the industry's unique problems, such as recruiting from places like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

"Like any industry this one faces its own specific challenges and I know that there have been questions on immigration and getting chefs with the necessary experience," he said to applause.

The Prime Minister also vowed to invest in training home-grown chefs through apprenticeships and scholarships.

"I know this problem won't be fixed overnight - it requires long-term commitment on all sides," he said.

Cameron said Britain's unique brand of curry was now being sought in the countries it had originated from.

"It used to be that selling curry to South Asia was a bit like selling ice to the Eskimoes," he said.

"More than 200 after years after the first curry house opened up in this country British made curry is now heading the other way: to Mumbai, to Kolkata, to Delhi.

Cameron said the government was also helping the industry by easing tax burdens.

The British Curry Awards, dubbed the "Curry Oscars", are an annual celebration of the best cuisine in the industry.


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