Fazeley Restaurant Pipped to the Post in Tiffin Challenge

Christopher Pincher MP with Mr Gil Aziz, proprietor of the Ivory Tusk

For the third year running, a Fazeley restaurant has just missed out on winning the prestigious Tiffin Cup awarded to Britain’s best South Asian eatery.

Instead, the Ivory Tusk on Coleshill Street, Fazeley scooped a “highly commended” award from Keith Vaz MP, co Chair of the Cup Committee.  The cup is awarded annually by cross party parliamentarians led by Mr Vaz (Labour), Michael Fabricant (Conservative) and Martin Horwood (Lib Dem).

Individual Members of Parliament nominate their own local restaurants for consideration and each is then visited by a group of mystery diners who inspect the food, service and ambience provided by staff.  Tamworth’s MP, Christopher Pincher, proposed the Ivory Tusk after it won more nominations from local customers than any other competing restaurant in the area.

The Grand Final took place in London on 27th June.

Keith Vaz said, “We are delighted that Ivory Tusk restaurant has been High Commended in the Tiffin Cup 2012.  This is a great tribute not just to the nomination of local MP Christopher Pincher but also to the constituency of Tamworth as a whole.”

Mr Pincher said, “I am delighted that the Ivory Tusk did so well and has been Highly Commended by the mystery judges.  It is really unfortunate that they did not manage to win the grand prize but this is a prestigious contest involving many restaurants around the country.  It is a testament to the fantastic efforts of the staff, and their loyal customers, that they did so well.

“I will be nominating a local restaurant again next year so I do hope everyone will get involved to bring the Tiffin Cup home to Tamworth.”

The Ivory Tusk will now receive a certificate of commendation and a beautifully embroidered Tiffin Cup chef’s jacket to mark its achievement.

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