A top chef who left a renowned London restaurant to work in Northumberland has become the first Indian cook to be shortlisted for the prestigious North East of England Chef of the Year Award.
Imamuddin Khan, originally from Delhi, runs the kitchen at the Haveli restaurant in Ponteland.
He will now line up against seven of the finest chefs in the area and look to wow judges at a live culinary competition that is taking place today.
Having cultivated his culinary skills at some of the finest restaurants in India, Chef Imamuddin ventured to London where he worked at the acclaimed Cinnamon Club before taking the role of head chef at Haveli in Darras Hall. The eatery opened its doors last year.
He was enticed by owner Sunil Mehra’s vision of it delivering crafted modern Indian cuisine.
“I feel honoured to be named alongside such outstanding chefs for the North East of England Chef of the Year Award and am particularly proud to have become the first Indian chef to ever be a finalist,” he said.
“Since arriving at Haveli, I have worked with Sunil to meet his vision of serving modern Indian cuisine with an authentic heritage, which is inspired by the finest kitchens of India.
“I believe it may have been this modern approach, coupled with my traditional experience, that caught the eye of the judges.”
The North East of England Chef of the Year Awards are run by the North East Culinary & Trade Association.