Coseley balti tops poll at British Bengal Curry Awards
The delighted owners of a popular balti restaurant are celebrating after being voted top in a prestigious competition for their customer service.
Chutney restaurant, in Coseley, came tops in the best restaurant in the area award category at the British Bengal Curry Awards which saw the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak give an address.
Proprietor Jubel Ahmed, 24, travelled to the ceremony held at the Skylark Hotel, in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, after customers pooled 927 votes.
"I'm delighted to have had the support of our customers for the last 10 years since my brother-in-law opened the business. I grew up in Tipton and I was really happy to put the Black Country on the map at the awards.
"It was an exciting opportunity and I was glad to get the opportunity to shine.
"It's a privilege to be able to serve the community and we wouldn't be here without our customers who voted for us based on our food and our customer service," Mr Ahmed says.
The competition was judged based on customer votes and secret diner reviews for the eaterie where the Indian homestyle lamb curry dish served with rice or roti is the most popular on the menu.
Mr Ahmed, an engineer from Tipton, was a former pupil at the town's former Alexandra High School now the Q3 Academy.
During the Covid lockdown crisis the restaurant, in Castle Street, joined forces with Coseley social media groups to deliver hundreds of meals to isolated residents, staff at care homes and staff at Russells Hall Hospital.