Rochester Shozna’s curry house named best Indian restaurant in the country at the Curry Life Awards


A great chef and his family celebrate after being named the best Indian restaurant in the country.

Jamal Uddin Ahmed, who runs The Shozna in Rochester, was delighted to win the honor at this year’s prestigious Curry Life Awards.

From left to right: Raffe Ahmed, Jalal Ahmed, Jamal Ahmed and Rose Ahmed from the Shozna restaurant with their prices. Photo: Curry Life Magazine

The restaurant has served traditional Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine in Maidstone Road for 15 years, but this was the first time it has entered this series of awards.

It was voted the country’s best curry restaurant at a sparkling event held Sunday evening at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

Speaking after the ceremony, Mr. Jamal Ahmed said: “What a great tribute for us to be recognized in this way.

“The past two years have been extremely difficult for companies like ours – and it is wonderful to come out of those difficult times with such a reward.”

He added: “Our success is in large part a team effort – and it is about providing our customers with the quality of service they demand and deserve.

Bollywood dancers with TV presenters Mike Bushell and Angela Rippon at the Curry Life Awards event.  Photo: Curry Life Magazine
Bollywood dancers with TV presenters Mike Bushell and Angela Rippon at the Curry Life Awards event. Photo: Curry Life Magazine

“I would like to thank everyone who played a role in obtaining this great honor.”

Curry Life raised just over £ 2,000 for the British Asian Trust at this year’s awards ceremony and gala dinner.

The awards celebrate Indian cuisine in the UK and are part of a larger organization that hosts the British Curry Festival around the world.

Other guests at the event included TV presenter Angela Rippon and former Strictly candidate and reporter Mike Bushell, celebrity chefs Atul Kochhar, Dominic Chapman and Mridula Baljejekar and a host of MPs.

Commenting on the importance of these awards, the Chairman of the Confederation of British Industry and Chairman of Cobra Beer, Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, said: The Covid pandemic.

The Shozna in Maidstone Road, Rochester
The Shozna in Maidstone Road, Rochester

“It’s great to see him not only come out of this dark period, but also pave the way for other lines of business.

“Now that the economy is picking up steam, it is truly heartwarming and enlightening to hear some of the stories of innovation and pure hard work emerging from this year’s Curry Life Awards.

“Kudos to Curry Life for once again shining a light on these examples of good practice and the brilliant people behind them.”

Matt Bushby, UK Marketing Director for Just Eat, which sponsored the awards, added: “We are delighted to play a role in showcasing the hard work and imagination of chefs and owners who continue to improve and improve. to impress by producing fantastic, value for money products. money and creative cuisine.

“Our congratulations go to all of those who have won awards. You fully deserve them for standing out in this exciting and competitive industry.”

Curry Life Media Group editor-in-chief Syed Belal Ahmed said: “Over the years we have organized the awards, we have seen a major increase in the standards and quality offered to customers, to the point that many restaurants are able to challenge accolades such as Michelin stars.

“One of the main goals of the awards has always been to highlight the best practices in place across the country – so that everyone has the opportunity to learn from the best – and this has always been a guiding principle behind Curry Life. -same.

“That so many owners have chosen to use their foreclosure time to invest in their businesses and raise standards is a real credit to the persistence and ingenuity of everyone involved. “

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