A village chef has been recognised at a national culinary awards ceremony that celebrates Bangladeshi cuisine.
Laxman Shrestha from Steppingley’s Drovers 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.
On the night he 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.
“You are at the heart of so many important things in our community up and down the country, so it’s a privilege to celebrate your success.”
Along with the chef winners there were also 10 recipients of the Caterer of the Year accolade and two BCA Honour Awards were presented.
BCA president Pasha Khandaker 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.”