A CURRY chef from Weymouth has been hailed as the ‘King of Spice’ after being named the region’s top chef.

Sujon Mia from Shalim’s Balti House in Weymouth (formerly known as Balti House) was crowned the regional winner of Master Chef Promotions – a project celebrating the very best in the hospitality and catering sector. The awards are aimed at inspiring the next generation of food heroes.

The results were announced at a gala dinner attended by 1,000 guests in West Bromwich on February 5, with a total of 26 chefs going head-to-head for one of the industry’s top honours.

Mr Mia said: “It was an honour to share a kitchen with so many talented chefs and to be named the overall winner from our region is one of the highlights of my entire career.

“I’m absolutely thrilled.”

The challenge saw chefs showcase their skills in Bournville College, Birmingham by creating a signature dish in just 45 minutes.

A panel of expert judges, including celebrity chef Pat Chapman, rated the finalists based on factors such as taste, presentation and hygiene.

The awards raise the profile of the food and drink industry and inspire a new generation of young chefs to work in kitchens.

TV chef Rois Ali, who founded the awards, said: “We are looking at working with colleges to future-proof our industry – encouraging the next generation to come through and open their own restaurants to ensure the sector not only survives but thrives.”

The awards, hosted by comedian and YouTuber Ali Official, were broadcast around the world.