Taj Mahal Wins Tiffin Cup
Taj Mahal, an Indian restaurant established in Pembrokeshire nearly three decades ago, has won the inaugural Tiffin Cup.
Over 40 South Asian restaurants in the UK had been nominated for the contest by their local MPs, before being whittled down to a shortlist of 14 for the final showdown at the House of Commons last night.
The Tiffin Cup was launched by British MPs Keith Vaz, Michael Fabricant and John Barrett in recognition of the contribution of South Asian restaurants to British cuisine and to raise money for charity.
Jack Straw, leader of the House of Commons, was Chief Guest.
Birmingham's 'Royal Al Faisal', specialising in Kashmiri cuisine, came second while 'B Raj Tandoori' Fraserburgh in Scotland finished third.
The entries were judged by celebrity chefs and presenters; Lloyd Grossman and Ainsley Harriott, event management expert Teji Singh, Bollywood actor Saeed Jaffrey and Nina Wadia from the television show 'Goodness Gracious Me'.
A raffle organised on the occasion raised over 1,500 for two charities, the Roko Cancer Appeal and TB Alert.
I wonder if they had read that the Taj Mahl was shut for 5 days in 2004, as a result of a rat infestation?