Curry Awards serve up top honour for Sunil and Green Chilli Cafe
Sunil Thakur, of the Green Chilli Cafe in Kelvinhaugh, has been named Chef of the Year at the Scottish Curry Awards – and the restaurant was also short-listed in the awards’ Best of Glasgow category.
Located at the junction of Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street, Green Chilli Cafe, part of the Harlequin Group, was taken over by Sunil and his business partner Peter Janampally nearly two years ago.
Sunil said: “I am honoured to win this award and would like to thank all our customers who nominated us – as well as the judging panel for deciding that we prepare the best curries available in Scotland.
“This award stands as testament to the quality of our menu, which is comprised chiefly of authentic-style North Indian cuisine cooked in a traditional style.”
Peter added: “To be shortlisted for two awards – and to win one of them – is a tremendous achievement, particularly as we have only been operating the restaurant for two years.
“We are delighted with this recognition, which validates our determination to offer something different to the very competitive curry market in Scotland by focusing on traditional curries prepared in a traditional method.”
Sunil qualified as a professional chef in India before coming to Scotland seven years ago, when he started his career in the Ashoka group of restaurants as a curry chef before his promotion to head chef.
When the opportunity arose to operate his own restaurant, Sunil teamed up with Peter, a former restaurant manager at Ashoka Shak in Coatbridge.
Peter added: “As our success at The Scottish Curry Awards has shown, Sunil and I have complementary skills – excellent food coupled with excellent customer service resulting in an award-winning dining experience.
“And I would invite diners to come and taste the various flavours available at Green Chilli Cafe for themselves.”
Pic: Sunil with the award and, far right, Peter