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April 8, 2016
Sunil Thakur, Hans Raj Ram, CEO of Goldtsar Chefs and Peter Janampally.
Sunil Thakur, Hans Raj Ram, CEO of Goldstar Chefs and Peter Janampally.

Ahhhh, Friday! The sweetest day of the week.

But how to celebrate the end of the week’s wage slavery and the beginning of the glorious weekend?

Anyone fancy a Ruby?

What if that curry was made by the Chef of the Year, as decided by this year’s Scottish Curry Awards?

This year, The Chef of the Year award has gone to Glasgow. To be precise, it has gone to Sunil Thakur of the Green Chilli Café in the heart of Glasgow’s West End.

Shortlisted in Best of Glasgow category

The Green Chilli Café was also short-listed in the awards’ Best of Glasgow category.

Located at the junction of Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street in the trendy Finnieston area of the city, Green Chilli Café, part of the Harlequin Group, was taken over by Sunil Thakur and his business partner Peter Janampally nearly two years ago.

Sunil Thakur said: ‘I am honoured to win this award and would like to thank all our customers who nominated us – as well as the judging panel for deciding that we prepare the best curries available in Scotland.

‘This award stands as testament to the quality of our menu, which is comprised chiefly of authentic-style North Indian cuisine cooked in a traditional style.’

Sunil Thakur qualified as a professional chef in India before coming to Scotland seven years ago. He started his career as a curry chef in the Ashoka group of restaurants before his promotion to head chef.

When the opportunity arose to operate his own restaurant, Sunil teamed up with Peter Janampally, a former restaurant manager at Ashoka Shak in Coatbridge.

5pm offers at Green Chilli Cafe

If you want to try Chef Thakur’s award-winning food then there are plenty of 5pm Dining offers at Green Chilli Café to choose from.

Today, you could book in and enjoy a two course lunch for £7.95; three tapas from the Tapas Madness menu for £9.95, available noon-6.30pm; two courses from the a la carte menu or, for £24.95, you could scoff unlimited tapas, available 6pm-10pm.