Noim takes the curry crown

Noim Ullah, Cutler's Spice
Noim Ullah, Cutler's Spice

Executive chef Noim Ullah has crowned a lifetime in the restaurant industry with a second major award in just two years.

Noim, 76, of Cutler’s Spice at Gleadless, was named northern Chef of the Year at the English Curry Awards on Monday.

Noim Ullah, Cutler's Spice

Noim Ullah, Cutler's Spice

The accolade comes hot on the heels of national recognition as Curry Chef of 2012 at the World Curry Expo in London – a title which his wife, Ashfurn Nesa Begum, won the following year.

Noim beat off competition from chefs in Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle to take his latest title.

Receiving the honour at a gala dinner in Manchester, he said: “This is a proud moment for all of us.

“It’s not a win just for our restaurant, but for our city – I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me.”

Noim was born in Bangladesh, but came to Britain at the age of 18 and began his career at London’s Park Lane Hotel.

He later spent some time working in the steel industry, until cheaper property prices brought him to Sheffield.

In 1988 he returned to his career roots and launched the New India Garden restaurant in Heeley – the first of several restaurants around the area.

This week saw the fourth annual Curry Awards, with thousands of nominations flooding in from all over the country.

Finalists in 14 categories included five representing Sheffield...

Abdul Rouf, of Viraaj in Chesterfield Road, was also nominated for Chef of the Year. Butlers Balti House in Broad Lane was a contender for team/service of the year; Hanifah Balti House in Abbeydale Road was up for takeaway of the year; and Prithiraj, Ecclesall Road, was in the final five for Yorkshire restaurant of the year.

Cutler’s Spice is currently leading a bid to win Sheffield the title of Curry Capital of Britain. Vote at: Curry Capital of Britain