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Award Winning Thai Chef to Celebrate Curry Week & Raise Funds for Charities

Chef Suree Coates

Award Winning Thai Shropshire Chef Suree Coates

Award Winning Thai Chef to Celebrate Curry Week & Raise Funds for Action Against Hunger with a specially created Thai Curry menu

Award Winning Thai Curry Chef of the Year 2012 Suree Coates is set to help celebrate National Curry Week (7th-13th October 2013) by creating a menu of special Thai Curries with a difference.

Renowned for her fresh fragrant curries, Chef Suree will create a special menu of daily curries to help celebrate each of the regions of Thailand, fusing local ingredients from her base in Shropshire with traditional Thai ingredients “People often associate Curries with India, but they are popular across many of the Asian countries.” comments Suree “With Sri Lanka, China, Malaysia, Persia and of course Thailand each creating their own ‘curry dishes’ but also each Country has its own regions and styles. I will be sharing my passions for fresh ingredients, and quality local meats, free range chicken and fresh fish alongside more traditional vegetarian curries with my regulars on a specially created menu from Tuesday to Friday. This will include my Taste of Thai Curry Platter with three different curries to share for two so customers can explore the different flavours and ingredients from across Thailand, and on Friday some special fresh fish curries served as my regular Fish Friday specials”

For those who are not able to venture out to restaurants and want to try cooking curries at home, Chef Suree recently launched her Cook Book ‘Cook Thai’ which provides step by step dishes for the keen domestic cook to create fresh Thai cuisine at home “Thai food is light, fragrant and very healthy’ continues Suree ‘we dont use powders, but focus more on fresh pastes, and ingredients such as lemongrass, fresh ginger, chillies, Kaffir lime leaves, and even lychees which are all very good for you and help fight colds and bugs at this time for the year to give you immune system a boost.’

Chef Suree will be starting Curry Week on Monday competing in the South Asian Curry Chef of the Year Competition in Bradford ‘There is no better way to start curry week than in this prestigious competition in the Winner of Curry Capital of the UK – I hope people will enjoy cooking a curry on Monday too at home, then maybe support a local restaurant to enjoy one near them during the week.’

The 16th National Curry Week takes place all over Britain from 7 – 13 October to celebrate Britain’s ‘national dish’ and raise money for charities concentrating on the malnourished and poverty stricken through The Curry Tree, the official charitable fund which then donates to charities such as Find Your Feet and Action Against Hunger as determined by the trustees. Suree will be donating £1 from each special curry dish served and £1 from all the sales of her Cook Book ‘Cook Thai with Suree Coates’ sold in her restaurant and on her website during Curry Week.

Curry is enjoyed on a regular basis by 23 million people in Britain and is used as a focus for business meeting, celebrations, social functions, that Friday night out as a very important and enjoyable source of nutrition. It has been increasingly popular since the first published recipe in 1747 and the first Indian restaurant in 1809. It even boasts health benefits from lowering blood pressure and helping prevent cancer to slowing dementia depending on the type of dishes you choose.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said “It gives me great pleasure to know that National Curry Week continues to promote our nation’s favourite food whilst raising money for charity. Britain just wouldn’t be the same without the colour and vibrancy of Asian restaurants up and down the country. Let’s celebrate the immense contribution of the Asian Cuisine industry to our country’s economy and culture. We support the sector to ensure that Britain remains one of the best places in the world for our aspiring chefs to train.”

Peter Grove, founder and organiser of the event, on behalf of The Federation of Specialist Restaurants said “Curry is now very much part of the British way of life whether it be enjoyed in the restaurant or at home and it is right that it should be celebrated by curry lovers in their hundreds of thousands all over the country each year.”

More info www.nationaleatingoutweek.com
More on Suree and how to buy her cook book on line www.thekingandthai.co.uk follow her and her Curry tips next week on twitter.com/kingandthairest

Click here for the Beef Massaman Curry recipe by Chef Suree Coates

Beef Massaman taken from 'Cook Thai with Suree Coates'

Beef Massaman taken from ‘Cook Thai with Suree Coates’

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