A CHEF at a Bangor restaurant has been honoured as one of the UK’s best 120 in Indian and Asian cuisine.

Chef Md Rafiqur Raza, of Bangor Tandoori, was among those celebrated at a special ceremony at the House of Lords on July 4, as a regional winner for North Wales.

The event was hosted by Lord Kamall on behalf of the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), and presented by BBC news anchor Samantha Simmonds.


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A statement from Bangor Tandoori read: “We are proud to announce that Md Rafiqur Raza, the head chef of Bangor Tandoori, was invited by Lord Kamaal to attend the ACF networking lunch to receive the best chef award for North Wales.

“We are extremely proud of his achievement.”

The event awarded winners of the Asian and Oriental Chef Awards, which were determined at a live cook-off competition.

There were also presentations to owners of the new Top 100 Asian restaurants.

"Announcing the Top 100 allows us to recognise more of the better venues in the UK," explained George Shaw, director of communications at ACF.

“Not all restaurant goers want, or can afford to eat in, fine dining establishments, very often - if at all. 

"This listing allows customers to also find very good local restaurants.”

The ACF represents the UK’s 35,000 Asian and Oriental restaurants and takeaways. 

All ACF awards are open to all Asian cuisines: Bangladeshi, Burmese, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.