Duet Cuisine crowned city's best balti

By on 20/01/2011 in News

The cream of the city’s Balti industry have taken part in a fiercely-contested cook-off, where a panel of top judges unanimously selected Duet Cuisine, based in Fort Dunlop, as the winners of the best balti in Birmingham 2011.

Hosted by University College Birmingham, the final was whittled down to six competing restaurants, chosen from across the city following a rigorous application procedure. The competition was intense all the way but in the end Duet Cuisine earned the right to call themselves the best in the city, with their delicious Beef Bhurban recipe.

Established last year as part of Birmingham City Council's £1m Tornado Recovery Programme for the Balti Triangle in Sparkbrook, the competition showed local restaurants really indulging their creativity and imagination: the brief was to come up with an Asian dish that reflects the best of Birmingham, its people, its culture and its history – and that tastes delicious!

A panel which included top food experts had the tough challenge of judging the contest and selecting the winner. Luke Tipping, Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons, said: “ There were some great dishes created here today, and everyone showed that they deserved to be in the final. In the end though, Duet Cuisine came up with a superb balti, with wonderful textures and flavours – their passion for their food was clear to see.”

Fellow judge Aktar Islam, Chef Director of Lasan restaurant and recently seen as the triumphant winner of Gordon Ramsey’s F-word competition, said: “Duet Cuisine used good, basic ingredients, kept it simple and natural and then built on that with skill and flair - worthy winners.”
Abid Hussain of  Duet Cuisine said: “We're honoured to have been judged Birmingham's best balti - we pride ourselves on using the best fresh, natural ingredients to create honest, authentic food. Our Fort Dunlop restaurant is unique: our dual kitchen concept means that customers can order from either an Indian or Italian menu and have their meals served at the same time as their companions.”

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration said:
“Congratulations to Duet Cuisine on their well-deserved victory. The sheer quality of the food on display today though demonstrated that the ultimate winners are Birmingham's diners, who have such an excellent range of restaurants to choose from, not just in the Balti Triangle but across the city.”

The Council will explore opportunities to use the winner as an official supplier of Asian food for civic functions.


Note to editors

The full judging panel included:
Luke Tipping, Executive Chef, Simpsons restaurant
Aktar Islam, Chef Director, Lasan Group
Jim Stevenson, Executive Head Chef, Birmingham City Council, Civic Catering
Paul Fulford, Features Editor and Restaurant Critic, Birmingham Evening Mail

The £1m Tornado Recovery Programme, was a major economic initiative set up by Birmingham City Council to rejuvenate the Sparkbrook area following the natural disaster in the area in 2005. The Programme has provided a comprehensive package of support including financial support to local businesses as well as providing marketing support, improved street amenities and community events. Following the completion of the Tornado Recovery Programme, the £3m A34 Corridor Regeneration Programme is now underway, and will bring further significant regeneration opportunities to the area.

Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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