A village chef has been recognised at a national culinary awards ceremony that celebrates Bangladeshi cuisine.
Laxman Shrestha from Steppingley’s Drover’s Arms is among nine other cooks to be crowned chef of the year in the Bangladeshi Caterers Association (BCA) Awards.
The glitzy event at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel were hosted by MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace and TV presenter Tasmin Lucia-Khan. Labour leader Ed Milliband was the guest of honour.
Drover’s Arms owner Suruk Miah said “We are immensely proud of Laxman. He is a fantastic chef, tremendously skilled and passionate about his creations. He absolutely deserves this award.
“This is another feather in our cap as an award-winning restaurant”.
Laxman, who won the eastern region accolade, has been working at The Drover’s Arms in Flitwick Road for 10 years.
BCA president Pasha Khandaker, saluted the winners and their achievements in his speech.
He said: “We are really proud to create a platform for the Bangladeshi caterers and chefs to be recognised. We are proud that the industry we are part of and so passionate about is the fifth largest employer in the UK.”
Along with the chef winners there were also 10 recipients of the Cater of the Year accolade and two BCA Honour Awards were presented.
On the night Ed Milliband said: “These are incredibly important awards, because they honour a community and a set of restaurants that are at the heart of every street and every neighbourhood in our country.”