A North-east curry competition has added some spice to this year’s proceedings – holding a cook-off to determine Chef of the Year.
Aberdeen’s Best Curry Awards held the celebrity chef-style challenge at the city’s Coast Cafe.
Six talented chefs from across the region pitted their skills against one another in a showdown on Monday night to decide the victor.
In the judging of the dishes, 19 industry experts were looking for exceptional taste, quality of produce and presentation.
The chairman of the awards Syed Abdul Hamid – known as Raj – who won last year’s competition, said: “I’ve never seen people take a competition this seriously before.
“The whole night was great, it couldn’t be better.”
This was the first time the awards had used this format, as previously the judges would visit each finalist.
The chefs will find out their fate during a ceremony later this month, but Raj remained tight-lipped about his favourites.
Hopefuls began cooking at 4pm, preparing all their dishes from scratch.
Each chef then had two hours to cook their dishes.
Throughout the process, the chefs were being judged not only on their dishes, but how they worked alongside their competitors.
Raj said: “I think they worked together brilliantly, in a very professional manner.
“It was a new experience for me to see.”
The winner will be announced at a bash on March 27 at the Hilton Treetops in the city.
The night is expected to be a sell-out with tickets going fast.
A range of other categories are also up for grabs for restaurants and takeaways across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and the Highlands as well as individual gongs for Rising Star and Best Maitre d’.
Evening Express readers also have the chance to crown their favourite curry house, by voting for the Evening Express Readers’ Choice category using the form below.