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Camerons Enjoy Their Curry While They Still Can

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Camerons Enjoy Their Curry While They Still Can 

David Cameron and his wife Samantha took a break from the recent Tory Conference to enjoy and Indian meal in a south Manchester restaurant where they sampled chicken Balti and chicken korai.  Government policy may make such meals somewhat harder to find in the future, however.    

An unfortunate side effect of the current furore about immigration is that there is now a shortage of Asian chefs in the UK and the Indian restaurant industry is especially hard hit.

The curry industry in Britain is big business, with turnover of some £3.6 billion and 80,000 people employed in the sector.  Many Indian and Bangladeshi immigrants started up restaurants in the second half of the 20th century, initially to feed fellow immigrants a taste of home.  The industry boomed as Brits became enamoured of new, exotic dishes.  Chicken Tikka Masala is now often cited as the UK’s favourite meal when dining out.

The children of these original pioneers do not see their futures in the restaurant trade.  As they study to achieve degrees and seek to join the professions, Asian chefs are in short supply in Britain.  

Government tightening of the rules governing the Tier 2 skilled worker restrictions will mean that any chef wishing to come to the UK to cook curry from countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan or Sri Lanka must have a job guaranteed for them by a sponsor restaurant at a wage of a minimum of whopping £29,750 per annum.  

With current talks of an “immigration crisis”, the Government are discussing proposals to make the rules for entry for non-EU applicants under the Tier 2 rules even tougher.  Whilst on the face of it, this may meet some popular support, the reality may be that Indian restaurants throughout the UK will face closure as they are unable to recruit the skilled chefs they require. 

To sample Indian food at its best in Gloucester, visit Baburchi Cuisine.  Contact them on 01452 300615 or explore indianrestaurantgloucester.co.uk  to view their eat in and take away menus.  

 

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