The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 15 April 2011

TV Ayr Spice chef Mafiz Ali celebrates Bangladeshi New Year

Celebrity TV chef Mafiz Ali made two appearances on STV’s The Hour programme last week as a guest of regular presenters Stephen Jardine and Michelle McManus.

Mafiz, who is head chef and co-proprietor of Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant in Minishant, Ayrshire, demonstrated his skills in cooking two dishes, Chicken Korma and Curried Minced Beef with Spinach.

But this week Mafiz is back at work at Ayr Spice, preparing a special menu to celebrate Bangladeshi New Year, which falls this weekend.

Bangladeshi New Year Menu

Available Friday - Sunday 15 - 17 April.

Mafiz and Shahed and our staff welcome you to join us in celebrating the Bangladeshi New Year

On arrival papadoms and chutney will be served


Mixed platter or vegetarian mixed platter

Main courses

Deshi Kana (beef, lamb, chicken or fish)

Side dish

Deshi Shobji (mixed fresh vegetables)


Pilau or boiled rice (or Naan bread instead of rice)


Finni (rice pudding with cream)

Menu price: £17.50

There will be Bangladeshi background music and you are invited to dance.


Mafiz climbed the ladder to fame when he won a chef of the year award in 1998 and, almost immediately, added one for exceptional hygiene and cleanliness. Newly crowned at Westminster, he was commissioned by the then prime minister, John Major to supply a banquet for his 50th birthday at Number 10 Downing Street.

A replica banquet was then ordered by one of the distinguished guests and sent to New York city. Since then he has sent food elsewhere in the USA and to Japan and Australia in what must be an almost uniquely international takeaway service! He has also catered for numerous celebrities from the world of entertainment and some have vowed to come to his restaurant while they are in Scotland on tour.

It is not widely known that 92% of all “Indian” restaurants in the UK are in fact Bangladeshi, and it was to promote such eating houses and reward young chefs by recognising their talents, that Mafiz founded the “British Bangladeshi National Curry awards” at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, also in 1998.

Mafiz Ali has been closely associated with charities, notably when he entered the Guinness Book of Records with 4.5 tons of chicken korma, which was then eaten at a charity event. Because of the enormous quantities involved he had to seek the advice of a professional engineer for the technical realisation of the project. His other charitable activities have included the Essex Air Ambulance Service and several children’s charities.

No stranger to TV, Mafiz has been invited to return to STV for further programmes in the future. These were his 68th and 69th appearances, Channel 4, Big Breakfast TV and several others including Bangladeshi TV on which he has his own programme, number among the other stations for whom he has appeared, and he has made double that number of radio broadcasts, as well as contributing to many publications including the Times and Daily Mirror.

Ayr Spice Indian Restaurant
The Old Minishant Memorial Church
22 Ayr Road
KA19 8EX

Tel: 01292 441413

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