Mr Khan wants ministers to act now and warned that curry houses need 20,000 chefs, waiters and managers, and two to three are closing every week.
Wait, there’s not 20000 unemployed Brits? I’m sure there must be!
Bajloor Rashid, president of the UK-Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce and Industry, said: “Priti Patel and other people said we would have people to work in the restaurants. They did not honour it. We feel very let down.”
Enam Ali, founder of the British Curry Awards and owner of Le Raj restaurant near Epsom, added: “I don’t think they have delivered yet but I believe they will.”
He wants a three-year visa scheme for chefs as soon as possible.
Why? We’ve got the bloody recipes! What the hell can an illiterate Bangladeshi villager do with curry that a home-grown lad (of Bangladeshi origin or not) can’t?
I don’t insist – if I ever ate it, that is – that I be served pie & mash by a genuine cor-Blimey-guvnor Cockney, so why would I care that the waiter or chef responsible for my chicken Pakora isn’t authentically Indian?
Immigration minister Robert Goodwill has suggested that more people should be trained in Britain as curry chefs.
Well, quite! I mean, I went to a US ribshack restaurant the other week for ribs, pulled pork, cornbread, etc. The food was lovely, and I very much doubt it’d have been any nicer served by Cajuns, rather than Eastern Europeans…
* with thanks to Tim Almond for the title