CHEFS at a Mossley restaurant have shown MP Jonathan Reynolds the secret of making a good curry, after they were nominated for a national award.
The Red Rose has made it through to the regional finals of the Tiffin Cup 2010, which aims to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country.
The venue was nominated for the competition by Jonathan Reynolds, who held a competition on his website to find the most popular restaurant in the constituency.
And to celebrate the success, chefs at the popular restaurant have shown the Stalybridge and Hyde MP how to make their signature dish, Murgi Jaflongi.
After the master-class at the restaurant, Jonathan said: "Under the guidance of the staff at the Red Rose I helped to prepare one of their most popular dishes. And having tasted it I fully understand why they should be a finalist in the Tiffin Cup 2010.
"Swapping a suit for chefs' whites was really quite exciting. But unfortunately I won't be able to recreate this dish at home, because the chefs were keeping their blend of spices a secret."
The competition to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country is run every year by the Tiffin Club of MPs.
Jonathan nominated the Red Rose, after running a competition through his website, www.jonathanreynolds.org.uk
When the voting was complete, he said: "There were some great restaurants across Tameside that were put forward for the Stalybridge and Hyde nomination," said Mr Reynolds.
"I would have been proud to have nominated any of them and I would have found the decision between them impossible - so I'm glad I didn't have to choose.
"Those who nominated the Red Rose, in Mossley, say it always delivers on quality, price and presentation.
"And now it will be considered against dozens of restaurants from across the country by the judges of the Tiffin Cup.
"I wish the Red Rose well and I hope that it brings the Tiffin Cup to Mossley. But however it fares against the competition it's already clear it is much valued by the people of Mossley and beyond."
In total, 73 restaurants have been nominated across the country. And now the Red Rose will have to compete against 10 other restaurants in the North West for a place in the Grand Final.
As part of the judging process mystery diners will eat at all the restaurants over the next few weeks. And they will judge each of the restaurants on food, ambience, location, service and décor.
Published August 6, 2010.