A SIDCUP chef has been voted one of the best curry chefs in the country.

Sayful Alom, who runs Curry Mahal restaurant in Station Road, was one of 46 chefs to be recognised at the national Curry Chef of the Year Awards.

He said: "It’s hard work in the kitchen but I love what I do and it is nice to see that recognised.

"A successful restaurant is a team effort so this award is for everyone I work with."

He added: "It was a great evening and it was nice that I could sit back and enjoy eating food instead of cooking it for a change.

"The award will inspire us to keep improving and I’d also like to thank all our customers for their help putting us on the map."

The star-studded award ceremony, which was held at the Lancaster Hotel in London, was attended by guests including secretary of state Eric Pickles.