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Kent restaurant triumphs at Restaurant Show’s 'Indian Restaurant Challenge'
The Ambrette restaurant in Margate, Kent won the award for Best Front of House team at the Craft Guild of Chefs ‘Indian Restaurant Challenge’ held at the Restaurant Show at London’s Earl’s Court on 13th October.
A team of four, led by executive chef Dev Biswal beat London’s Bombay Bicycle, Massala from Chobham in Surrey, Zanzibar in Edgware and Brighton’s Chilli Pickle, to win the accolade.
Dev and his team of Anil Kumar, Tobias Barfoot and Paul Heath had four hours to prepare and serve a starter, main course and dessert for eight diners, before being assessed on table lay up, approach and style, attitude and customer service, food and wine service skills, team work with kitchen, wine and beer recommendations. On the morning of the competition, staff were given a presentation and mini-masterclass on wine and beer matching, after which they had to choose one wine and one beer from a selection available to offer their guests.
The panel of judges of prestigious chefs, restaurant managers and top journalists within the food industry commented: “The Ambrette’s service was second to none and their Front of House prize thoroughly well deserved.
“They were ultra-professional in everything they did – from the manner in which they served to their customer liaison skills – and you can’t ask for better than that.”
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