Mark Reckless MP was delighted to welcome Shiekh Islam, the owner of Cliffe Spice restaurant in Cliffe Woods, and his chef Kajol Ahomed, to the Houses of Parliament to celebrate their success in this year’s Tiffin Cup.
Following the restaurant’s nomination by Mark for this year’s competition, Cliffe Spice was selected as one of the regional finalists, much to the delight of Mr Islam:
“It was a great honour to be nominated in this prestigious competition, and an even greater honour to join Keith Vaz and Mark Reckless at Parliament to collect our award. It was undoubtedly one of the highlights of my life.
This has really put Cliffe Woods on the culinary map and I would like to thank all of our customers and the local community for supporting us over many years. We pride ourselves in good quality, authentic cuisine and it is fantastic to be recognised in what is our tenth anniversary year.”
The competition, now in its seventh year, is organised by the Tiffin Club of MPs who invited their colleagues to nominate the best restaurants from their constituencies. This year the competition received a record 89 nominations.
The judging panel for this year’s final was made up of a number of special guests such as celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and restaurant owner Sanjay Anand MBE. All proceeds from the event went to the charity World Vision. Welcoming Mr Islam and Mr Ahomed to Westminster, Mark Reckless said:
“Curry has joined fish and chips as one of Britain’s favourite dishes and we are fortunate to have a number of great Asian restaurants here in Rochester and Strood. I was particularly pleased to see that Cliffe Spice did so well in this year’s competition.
It was a pleasure welcoming Sheikh Islam and his chef to Parliament to receive their awards and I look forward to visiting Cliffe Spice again in the near future.”