Maybe Andrew Little can send our curry chefs to England


David and Samantha Cameron enjoy a curry. They tucked into chicken korai and saag paneer at Manchester’s Saffron Lounge during the Conservative party conference in October – it wasn’t quite as spicy as the chilli-hot specials they ordered at the Paprika Indian restaurant in Birmingham the previous year.

The prime minister even pledged to protect the struggling £4.2bn curry industry, which employs 100,000 people, at the British Curry awards in 2013. He said he would “get the skilled Asian chefs you need” to the UK, while the home secretary, Theresa May, has admitted that curry chefs are a shortage occupation.

This shortage has been caused by increasingly tough immigration rules, so that restaurants are unable to hire the skilled chefs they need. This makes it difficult for these businesses to grow, while restaurants are unable to provide adequate customer service levels or fulfil orders.

If the problem was acute when Cameron made that pledge, it is now a full-blown crisis. Around 600 curry restaurants have closed in the past 18 months, while there are fears that a further 4,000 – about a third of the industry – could shut.

The shortage of chefs means they demand increasingly high wages. Dr Wali Uddin, who owns the Britannia Spice in Edinburgh, says a chef’s pay packet has doubled in the last two years, and is now up to £700-800 a week.

“Usually I had seven chefs, but now just three,” says Uddin. “There are not enough chefs, so we can’t grow.”

While Labour and Andrew Little are busy wrecking businesses through sabotage and poorly disguised racism, at least the Kiwi curry chefs can have a rewarding future by leaving New Zealand and heading to Blighty.


The Guardian


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  • exactchange

    No worries, the empty places will be taken over by kebab shops in no time.

  • Dog Breath

    This is what happens when you crack a nut with a sledge hammer. Unintended consequences but in the end consequences and why dabling with the market with legislation is often dangerous to the overall economy.

    • Larry

      It’s just like software. You try to fix one issue and it affects another. You end up with a fix for a fix for a fix etc etc etc.

  • Orca

    So David Cameron is going to loosen immigration rules just for curry chefs? Maybe the ISIS training camps will soon be covering curry making.

  • You can’t have it both ways.

    Earlier on today you clearly acknowledge that the ongoing open door immigration policy is flawed and needs a review while at the same time claiming we need to keep importing curry cooks to feed them!
    “I agree with Winston on one thing: unrestrained immigration isn’t good
    for the country. We have to be a little bit more discerning as to who we
    allow to come here and why.”

    Make up your mind!