Bangladesh Caterers Association Announces This Year’s Search For Britain’s Best ‘Curry House’ and ‘Chef of the Year’

On 4 October, 2017 at the Palace of Westminster, Grimond Room in Portcullis House Dr. Rupa Huq, MP hosted the Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA), who will announced this year’s exciting search to find Britain’s best ‘Curry House’ and ‘Chef of the Year’. The winners will be announced at a special star-studded event on 19 November at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London.

These Awards are now in its 12th year and a key event for the UK’s food and hospitality sector, which is much anticipated by all. BCA will recognise the achievements of outstanding restaurants and talented chefs, who all have the skills to create curries full of flavours and aromas, including presentation. The Awards reignites Britain’s love affair with curry, which is very much a part of mainstream culture and the country’s DNA.

In these politically uncertain times, it’s communities and the love of good food that brings people together and BCA has been doing exactly this since 1960 – sourcing Britain’s curries and continuously striving for innovation and perfection. The theme of this year’s Awards is BCA: Sourcing Britain’s Love for Curry Since 1960

While these Awards are a time of celebration, there is also an underlined message that the BCA wants to get across. It’s an organization representing 12,000 plus British Bangladeshi restaurants and takeaways in the UK, and like many small businesses across the country they are facing hard times. The two main issues that the BCA wants to highlight this year are:

  1. The shortage of skilled chefs, which has led to closure of restaurants;

For Restaurants and Takeaways, the current flat rate VAT threshold is £150,000 where a caterer pays 12.5% if the yearly turnover is £150,000 or less. It would help a lot of caterers if this threshold was raised to £250,000; as VAT rate of 20% is considered to be very high and unaffordable; for most caterers their annual turnover is between £150,000 and £250,000. The BCA has taken a resolution to lobby government to raise the threshold to £250,000.         

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