Asian Curry Awards Judging Panel

Pat Chapman

Chairman of the judging panel, Mr Chapman is founder of the Curry Club and author of the Good Food Guide since 1984. He is called ‘The Ambassador of Indian Food’ by Derek Cooper and ‘Curry Leader’ by Fay Maschler and ‘a Missionary seeking converts to curry’ by Loyd Grossman.
Born in war-torn London at a time when Britain had just six Indian restaurants, Pat was virtually weaned on spicy food, and by the age of ten, he was learning from his ex-memsahib granny how to cook curries the pukka Indian way. He was hooked, and later coined the word, ‘curryholic,’ to describe his passion for that food. Following education at Bedales, Cambridge and a short commission in the RAF (flying fast jets), he started a successful stage lighting and sound company.

Chef Tony Khan

Mr. Tony Khan is one of the most prominent figures in the Hotel and Culinary industry internationally and in Bangladesh.

Mr. Tony Khan hails from Khulna, he started his career in Singapore some 37 years ago and graduated from Sydney, Australia and further studied in Melbourne and Miami, USA.


Known for his eclectic style of cuisine he is awarded as a “Top 10 Chef in the world 1998”, in Melbourne and “Chef of the year 1991” in the Pacific, PNG.
Mr. Khan has traveled and prepared food at five-star hotels and cruise liners globally, he has incorporated all these influences into his cuisine.

At TKCi, Mr. Khan is excited to share his experience with future generations and contribute to the skills and development of the hospitality industry in Bangladesh.

Thomas Chan DL

Thomas Chan is the co-chairman of the Chinese Catering Association (UK) and the Asian Catering Federation. Over the years he has led many campaigns on issues affecting the Chinese catering sector and the wider Chinese community in the UK.

Working in partnership with the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre, the Healthier Chinese Takeaway Menu Project” was launched with funding from the British Heart Foundation and other public sector bodies. 

Thomas has been involved in the setting up of different Chinese community centres in London and the London Chinese Health Resources Centre. He is a qualified food safety trainer and business support consultant.

He has been involved in local politics for 12 years and was Mayor of the London Borough of Redbridge in 2009/10. Since 2010, he was commissioned by the Lord Lieutenant as a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.

Emily Knight

Emily Knight launched the popular www.bristolbites.co.uk food and drink website in January 2010, which has grown from strength to strength, being awarded Best Blog at the Food Magazine Readers’ Awards in 2013.
Emily has been involved in judging a number of food and drink awards, including the Bristol Good Food Awards, the Warburtons South West Young Baker of thee Year competition, and will also judge at this year’s Great Taste Awards.
After a year long stint as editor of Flavour Magazine, responsible for both the South West and London editions, Emily is now a freelance writer and provides
m arketing services to the food and drink industry.

Shahagir Bakth Faruk

Mr. Shahagir Bakth Faruk is a very renowned community figure who has longstanding knowledge and experience in community development and voluntary activities including acting as a Judge for Asian Curry Awards, Brick Lane Curry Festival and Curry Competition organised by British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry et al. He served as an important member of the Judges panel in the most reputable “Catering Circle “ in a series of events organised by community TV Channel S which made huge impact in the catering industry nationwide.

He has authored a book on Food Hygiene in Bengali which also made huge impact among the catering workers whose first language was not English .

Mr Faruk was involved in the Restaurant Training Program in Brick Lane which helped the restaurant sector to grow and prosper. He worked voluntary with former DTI and participated in a food exhibition called “Foodapest” in Budapest. He has contributed through his writings on HACCP and other Food Safety and Health Safety issues in many magazines and journals.

Ria Amber Tesia

Ria Amber Tesia is an award-winning author, food critic, Best of Bolton Winner (2012–2015) and editor of Apéritif Magazine. She reviews restaurants and loves championing good food and great spaces.
She is a prolific cook and food writer, frequently trialling recipes in her test kitchen in Derby and featuring them on her foodie blog.
From proof-reading for BAFTA to Tweeting for Antonio Carluccio, Ria has a natural love for social media, writing and editing. She provides journalistic and social media services to diverse industries and frequently interviews celebrity chefs for exclusive features, including James Martin, John Torode, Lisa Faulkner and Gino D’Acampo.
Ria has been involved in judging various food and drink awards, and is a consultant recipe developer for catering companies and restaurants. She is currently working hard on her debut cookbook whilst putting the finishing touches to her third novel.

www.riaambertesia.com

Chef Ken Wang

Ken is a renowned Chinese cuisine Master Chef with more than 20 years of experience – both in China and Britain.

He moved to work in the UK in 2008 and for 5 years he has been the Executive Chef at an award-winning Chinese restaurant in the heart of London. Under his leadership the restaurant earned the AA Rosette Award, Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and Diners Choice Award.

Chef Ken Wang is also the founder of the Gourmet Chinese Chef Ltd, a culinary consultancy company which actively promoting Chinese culture and cuisine. He hosts Master classes, supports new restaurants to set up Asian menus and trains local chefs in specific Chinese cookery skills.

Wang has achieved various accolades including the Cook Master qualification.

Teddy K C Chen

Teddy Chen, a serial entrepreneur and restauranteur, who breaks barriers and champions culinary diversity.  Over the past 3 decades, Teddy Chen has built and sold successful businesses, most notably his recent restaurant empire, where he brought award-winning South-East Asian culinary delicacies to many of London’s hotspots.  From his Guinness World Record breaking freshly hand-pulled noodles to one of London’s most talked about halal Malaysian eateries, Teddy Chen has London’s taste buds covered.    

Teddy Chen’s understanding and exploration of London’s vibrant scene started in the 70’s, when he immigrated to the UK from Malaysia.  His immigrant journey in the 80’s, at the height of rock and roll, landed him a character defining career in the music industry at EMI Records.  At EMI Records, Teddy shot up the ranks to become their International Affairs Manager, working with the likes of Queen, Sir Cliff Richard, Duran Duran and Sir Paul McCartney.  Teddy broke barriers and championed diversity, as the only Malaysian Chinese to become part of the UK executive team, by leveraging his boundless charisma and marketing prowess.