UK Curry Chef of the Year Mohammad Azad, of Shrewbury’s Café Saffron Indian restaurant, is holding a fundraising dinner in aid of the victims of the Nepal earthquake.
Mr Azad is waiting for news of a friend who lives in Kathmandu, the area hit by the devastating earthquake that killed over 7,000 people, left many thousands injured and millions homeless.
The restaurant, in Hills Lane, will hold the dinner on Tuesday May 26 with the proceeds going to the Disasters Emergency Committtee’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Mr Azad and fellow chef Abdul Husen worked with Kamal Uddin at another restaurant in Shrewsbury until 2002 when Kamal moved back to Nepal. Since then they have kept in contact by letter.
“It was shocking when we saw the terrible scenes on television. Our hearts go out to all the victims and we are now worried about Kamal and his family,” said Mr Azad.
He is now trying to make contact with Kamal, who was married with a young family.
The fundraising evening will include a three-course dinner, priced at £12.95 per head, and belly dancing entertainment.
Mr Azad, who was named UK Curry Chef of the Year 2014, said he hoped it would be the restaurant’s biggest ever charity fundraising evening. To book call Café Saffron on 01743 246753 or 246757.