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Parliamentary award for Bath restaurant Rajpoot

Rajpoot in Bath was named the best South Asian restaurant in the South West in the Tiffin Cup Grand Final, the competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country. The Final of this annual competition took place at Bellamy’s restaurant in the Houses of Parliament with a competitive cook off by the 12 finalists from across the country. Rajpoot prepared their signature dish – Achari Golda Chingri which received very high marks from the judging panel.

The winners were announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Rt Hon John Bercow MP, who also presented the finalists with their Tiffin Cup chef’s hats and jackets.

The competition, now in its seventh year, is organised by the Tiffin Club of MPs who invited their colleagues to nominate the best restaurants from their constituencies. This year the competition received a record 89 nominations.

The judging panel was made up of a number of special guests such as celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and restaurant owner Sanjay Anand MBE, who marked each contestant’s specialties. All proceeds from the event went to the charity World Vision.

Rajpoot was nominated by Don Foster, MP for Bath, who said:

“This is such a prestigious award and I am sure everyone in Bath will be delighted for Ahmed and the team. Rajpoot is an institution in the city and it’s always great to see our restaurants receive national recognition. Long may it continue.”

Manda Rigby, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Abbey added:

“This is well deserved. For many years Rajpoot has been a wonderful restaurant and a firm favourite for tourists and locals.”

Chair of the Tiffin Club Keith Vaz MP said:

“Curry has joined roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and fish and chips as one of Britain’s best loved dishes.

We are delighted that Rajpoot has been named the best restaurant in the South West in the Tiffin Cup 2012. It is testament to their expertise in the kitchen and skill of their chef.

This competition just keeps getting busier and better and is becoming recognised in the industry as a standard-bearer for excellence in South Asian cooking.

This competition does not just celebrate excellence in cooking; it is also an opportunity to mark the contribution that the South Asian community makes to the UK and to champion our vibrant, multi-cultural society.

I for one, cannot wait until next year’s competition!”