Hot on the spice trail as curry lovers plot city favourites

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It’s been a tough time for curry lately.

The cost of spices is soaring, industry leaders are warning of chef shortages and we are still sunk in the gloomy mires of a recession that has hit our restaurants right where it hurts most.

Our perpetual love of pakora has been threatened with what the press have dubbed a ‘curry crisis’ as it emerged earlier this year that one in four vacancies in Indian restaurants are going unfilled.

According to the founder of the British Curry Awards, Enam Ali, it is also the recent tightening in immigration law that has left our Indian industry vulnerable.

With only the top 5% of skilled chefs – who must earn more than £28,260 per year – now qualifying for admission to the UK, Ali has warned that the number of chefs arriving from the Indian subcontinent is falling.

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