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Participating Chefs

These are the top international chefs that collaberated to supply exciting special recipes for "Recipes For Success 2009" to raise money for The Curry Tree Project.

Cyrus Todiwala OBE - Mridula Baljekar - Alun Sperring - Dipna Anand - AV Siram - Babu lal Yadav

Alfred Prasad - Mohammed Aslam - Deepinder Singh Sondhi - Vikram Sunderam - Mehernosh Mody

Monish Gujral - Vivek Singh - Jewan Lal - Chad Rahman - Prahlad Hegde - Puneet Arora

This was the third in the series "Recipes For Success" produced for National Curry Week

The history of Indian food in Brtitain is now almost four hundred years old and not only has the cuisine undergone a great change in the United Kingdom but also in its native land. Apart from the reports of occasional explorers, the story really starts with the arrival of Surat of the English merchants of the East India Company in 1608 and then again and more successfully in 1602.

Soon Lascars - seamen, mainly from Bengal - were helping to man British ships and despite the Navigation Acts of 1660 stating that 75% of the crew of a British ship had to be Btitish, a number began appearing in London throughout the century.

By 1804 the number of Lascars in London was quoted as 471 and yet by 1810 it had risen to over 1400, around 130 of whom would die each year, such was the poor condition of their circumstances.

The first appearance of curry on a menu was at the Coffee House in Norris Street, Haymarket, London in 1773 but the first establishment dedicatewd to the cuisine was the Hindustanee Coffee House at 34 George Street, Portman Square, London in 1809 as recorded in The Epicure's Almanack.

The first recorded Indian restaurant of the twentieth century was the Salut e Hind in Holborn in 1911 but the first to have any real influence was The Shafi opened by Mohammed Wayseem and Mohammed RAhim in 1920. Coming from North India, they opened their Cafe in London's Gerard Street (now the centre of London's Chinatown) and employed four ex-seamen. It soon became a kind of community and Indian Student Centre. Indian students in the UK rose from 100 in 1880 to 1800 by 1931.

Recipes for Success is a celebration of recipes both old and new.

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