THE 2010 Chester Curry Champion has been crowned following an cookery competition at the MacDonald New Blossoms Hotel last Saturday.

A dozen chefs from restaurants across the city cooked their dishes under the eye of hotel head chef, Matthew Brown.

Four judges marked the competition including Jamie Stevens from Dee106.3, Jess Harding of the Chester Jets, Mark Yeomans, International Asian Cookery Judge and Bhupinda Lace-Verdy, 2008 winner of the One Pot Cook-Off.

The judges looked for the use and combination of spices to create the flavour, presentation, originality and overall taste.

After digestion, deliberation and cogitation the judges named Chester curry masterchef Shamish Niah from Cafe Naj, Hoole, as the winner.

Shamish will be invited to cook his dish at this year’s Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, which takes place at Chester Racecourse on April 3-5. The demonstration will take place in ‘Demo Area 1’ on Saturday, April 3, from 10.15am-noon.

Abdun Noor, Head of Chester’s Asian Council, said: “The Asian community is very excited to have the opportunity to show off their culinary skills in a competition that is dedicated to creativity of the wonderful curry.

“Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival aims to promote the very best of local and regional cooking and we believe that the curry firmly deserves a place among this.

“Now with third and fourth generation British cooks, many of our curry dishes have been created in the UK specifically for British tastes, so it is only right that our dishes are included in the best of regional and local cooking.”

Tickets for this year’s festival can be bought from and are £6 for adults, children under 12 go free.

Camping is £20 in advance and £30 on the day. Concessions are £4 and there will be a £1 discount for all tickets bought in advance.