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Newcomer of the Year winner at The Celebration of Sussex Life Awards 2015

PUBLISHED: 09:29 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:46 07 October 2015

Newcomer of the Year - Curry Leaf Café

Newcomer of the Year - Curry Leaf Café

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This category was open to anyone in the food or drink or hospitality industry who has started a new venture within the last 18 months.

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The Celebration of Sussex Life Awards are designed to champion, highlight and showcase our outstanding food, drink and hospitality industry. From local producers and suppliers to small farming businesses, restaurants, chefs, pubs and hoteliers, all those shortlisted for awards care about the countryside and the future of our region. The companies featured were nominated by our wonderful readers before being visited or interviewed to determine a worthy winner by our handpicked panel of high-profile judges.

Winner: Curry Leaf Café

What the judges sais: As soon as you walk in to Curry Leaf Café you know you are in for a treat, for it has a very special ambiance. Not very long ago Kanthi, a chef , and Euan, a food critic and journalist, teamed up to make their dream of running a café where authentic South Indian Street Food, sourced either entirely locally or from India itself, is served throughout the day. Their passion is palpable and their food is out of this world. Whilst they insist on café style informality, the actual menu in the evening is definitely of restaurant standard. The menu in fact not only varies depending on the time of day, lighter items being available at lunch time, but also changes six times a year, reflecting locally seasonal and festive variations. Kanthi’s blending of spices is inspired and rooted in his family’s kitchens in Bangalore. Euan has put his flair, not only into ensuring the café truly reflects their core values, but also he prides himself on matching locally brewed beers to the variety of subtlety of the dishes on offer. Attention to detail and a desire to constantly assess and improve, as well as integrity in all aspects of the business are the hallmarks of this establishment that make it the outstanding winner of this category.

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