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Indian restaurant in Cambridge chases quartet of national awards

A top Indian restaurant in Cambridge could be set to win four national awards.

Prana Indian Restaurant has already bagged two leading national trophies this year – Restaurant Design of the Year and Restaurant of the Year for East of England – at the English Curry Awards in August.

Now director Kobir Ahmed is looking to make it a quartet of gongs at the Food Awards at the Mercure Hotel, Piccadilly, in Manchester on October 24 and the British Curry Awards in London in November.

He said: “It was an unbelievable and overwhelming feeling to be crowned winners.

“We are proud that our extensive refurbishment has been recognised as one of the best in England and our restaurant as one of the best in East of England region.

“We thank our customers for their tremendous support and our dedicated team. The future looks bright for Prana and we feel this is just the beginning.”

Now he has set his sights on more success, including at the British Curry Awards, which last year were attended by former London Mayor Boris Johnson and then Prime Minister David Cameron.

Mr Ahmed, 35, added: “We have to be humble, but it is great to be nominated for the British Curry Awards, which is like the Oscars!”

Mr Ahmed gave up a lucrative career to follow his father into the restaurant business and has turned the Prana into one of the best with its modern take on Indian menus.

“I was in banking but I always wanted to do something in the curry industry and focus on my heritage,” he explained.

“Everything in my restaurant has to be of a certain standard, from the service to the food. Our customers come back every week and our awards are down to them nominating us.”

Visit them at pranarestaurant.co.uk

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