Cooking up a success

January 29 2019

AN activist from Fishponds has helped spread an environmental message during the World Cup of the cooking world.

Naseem Talukdar, who heads charities Feed the Homeless and Plastic Pollution Awareness and Action Projects, is also part of a campaign group set up to raise awareness of skill shortages in the Asian catering industry.

As a member of UK Curry Connect (UKCC), Naseem helped organise a team which took part in a global cooking competition, the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg.

Despite UKCC's team being on a tight budget and having to prepare food in their hotel rooms, they scooped seven medals.

Naseem's chefs, who were up against competition from more than 100 other teams, won medals in various artistic culinary and pastry categories. 

But it was their piece called Plastic or Planet, that really impressed judges, who awarded it gold.

Naseem, who lives in Glaisdale Road, said: "I’m proud of the team for raising awareness of the need to tackle plastic pollution and their overall commitment."

Naseem, who grew up in Kingswood, where his parents used to run the Rupali Indian restaurant before they retired, volunteered as a team manager.

Some teams spend hundreds of thousands of pounds to compete at the event, which is held every four years. But UKCC sent fifteen chefs and a support team on a mere £22,000.

They hope to encourage more young people to take up cooking and have set up an International Cooking Academy.