City chef scoops award for best Indian takeaway

Chef and owner of the Indian Express takeaway on Fylde Road in Preston Jamie Palmer is the first non-Asian cook to be nominated for chef of the year in the English Curry Awards, with the business also being nominated for Takeaway of the Year. Jamie (centre front) with the rest of his team.
Chef and owner of the Indian Express takeaway on Fylde Road in Preston Jamie Palmer is the first non-Asian cook to be nominated for chef of the year in the English Curry Awards, with the business also being nominated for Takeaway of the Year. Jamie (centre front) with the rest of his team.

Lancaster chef Jamie Palmer, who opened a curry house in Preston in 2012, has picked up the title of the North West’s best Indian takeaway.

Jamie, 37, who lives in Skerton, scooped a top prize for his Indian Express business in the industry’s “Oscars” this week – and he came close to making it a double in voting for the Northern Chef of the Year.

He said: “I couldn’t be more proud. There are hundreds of brilliant takeaways in this part of the country, so to be voted the best of the lot is beyond our wildest dreams.”

Indian Express was set up in Fylde Road, Preston, in 2012 by Jamie and his business partner Pete Kelly. But it has already become a big favourite with curry lovers across the city.

At the English Curry Awards in Salford, Jamie was the first non-Asian to be nominated in the finals of the chef category. He reached the last seven in the North of England, but was pipped at the post by a spice wizard from Sheffield.

But in the Takeaway of the Year category, Indian Express was voted one of nine regional winners, claiming the North West title from a host of tasty contenders.

Jamie, who said he owes much of his success to the kitchen coaching of his half-Indian wife Christina, added: “It’s a great tribute to all the staff who work here.”