The Hoole Indian Restaurant in Chester has won national acclaim as the second runner up in the Tiffin Cup 2016. The Tiffin Cup is a national competition for south Asian restaurants, where entrants are nominated by their constituency MPs.
MP for City of Chester, Chris Matheson, explained: “Following a lively debate on my Facebook page earlier in the year where I asked for suggestions from local people, the Hoole Indian Restaurant came out on top.”
It would seem that this was a good choice by everyone who nominated it, as the restaurant has now effectively been named as one of the top three in the country. It is an astounding achievement from its owner and chef, Jai Hashim.
Chef Jai travelled to London on Tuesday to cook for the panel of judges in the final, which included Ainsley Harriott. The competition received 70 entries this year. He said: “It was an absolute privilege to take part in such a prestigious competition and I am absolutely thrilled at winning third position in the United Kingdom. Hopefully we’ll back next year to take first place.”
Chris concluded: “It’s no secret that I enjoy a good curry, but that’s not what this is about. When I was elected to represent our city I promised to promote the many talents we have in Chester; to help Chester punch our true weight in the country and give our people the stage on which they can shine. I will continue to do this. I am delighted that Jai made it into the final and even more delighted that he was one of the top prize winners.
"Now everyone just needs to 'cumin' and give it a try!"