Indian delight clinches glory

Pictured is International Indian Chef of the Year 2011-12 winner Kim Barwell, left, being presented with the winner's award certificate by Master Chef Nick Buckingham at Buckingham's Restaurant in Chesterfield.

Pictured is International Indian Chef of the Year 2011-12 winner Kim Barwell, left, being presented with the winner's award certificate by Master Chef Nick Buckingham at Buckingham's Restaurant in Chesterfield.

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A SUPER chef served up the right ingredients for success to be crowned with a top international title.

Kim Barwell, who works for Buckingham’s Hotel and Restaurant, in Chesterfield, beat four expert chefs in the final of Tommy Miah’s International Chef of the Year 2011.

Mr Barwell, of Morton, said: “I never expected to win because the competition was so fierce with so many other seasoned and quality chefs.”

The finalists had two hours at Tower Hamlets College, in London, to produce and present their ideal four-dish ethnic meal.

Judges praised Mr Barwell’s two Marathi-style marinated lamb shanks, smoked stuffed chicken breasts accompanied by tamarind sauce, mini aubergines, aromatic rice and vegetables with paneer cheese as perfect.

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie QC, who headed the contest’s team of judges, said: “The standard this year was the highest I have found in many years.

“There can only be one winner but every cook involved can be proud of their performance.”