Media release: Celebrity TV chef, Mafiz Ali, returns to Ayrshire Indian restaurant

THE good news for all lovers of high-class Indian cuisine in South West Scotland is that celebrity TV chef, Mafiz Ali, is back at the Indian restaurant in Minishant, Ayrshire.

Formerly known as the Minishant Tandoori and India Gate, the restaurant is now called Ayr Spice, and is located five miles south of Ayr on the A77 to Stranraer in a stylish redevelopment of the Old Minishant Memorial Church at the entrance to the picturesque Ayrshire village.

After an absence of two years, Mafiz Ali returns to the restaurant where, in a relatively short time, he built up an enviable reputation throughout Ayrshire and beyond for serving the finest Indian cuisine. He is joined by his cousin and fellow chef, Shahed Ahmed.

Mafiz Ali has many claims to fame over the past two decades.

Begins a spokesperson: “In 1993, he first made headlines by making a takeaway delivery across the Atlantic to New York.

“Having been asked to prepare a replica of the banquet he had prepared for the 50th birthday of the then British Prime Minister, John Major, he decided to market this novel concept and put together a team of experts at his London restaurant to deliver to record companies and the X-Factor, amongst others, in a venture that proved extremely successful.

“Mafiz Ali subsequently catered for Cliff Richard, Damage, the Sugar Babes, Gabby Ross, Soul to Soul, Chaka Demus, Rustie Lee, Anthea Turner and many others. His food has also been sent to Australia, Japan and the US – Atlanta as well as New York.

“Another of his original ideas saw him included in the Guinness Book of Records, when he teamed up with an engineer in a bid to create the world’s largest curry pot. This pot contained 4.5 tons of chicken masala, and helped to raise awareness of his favourite charities.

“In 1998, Mafiz Ali launched the British Curry Awards, and various other culinary competitions, designed to bring together chefs of all ages, both amateur and professional, to compete for recognition of their skills and to promote Bangladeshi cuisine in the UK.

“His charitable activities have seen him extend his generosity to the Save the Children Fund, Pat Kerr’s Orphanage Ordinance Fund and the War Child Charity Trust, holding charity parties at his restaurant.

“Two years ago, he also started similar activities in Ayrshire, and now hopes to build on them in the future.

“Mafiz Ali’s outstanding cuisine has placed him in the media spotlight, and he has made 67 television appearances on channels such as GMTV, Big Breakfast TV, Channel 4, as well as his own TV programme on Bangladeshi TV and double that amount of broadcasting time on radio. He has also contributed numerous articles to the printed media, including newspapers like The Sun, Daily Mirror and The Times.”

When asked why such a distinguished chef would want to return to Minishant, Mafiz Ali replies, simply: “I like it here. It is a beautiful place, which is peaceful and far removed from the stress of city life.”

Ayr Spice
22 Ayr Road
KA19 8EX

Telephone: 01292 441413


Issued by the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel and South Ayrshire Council, and member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor, Murdoch MacDonald.

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council
Clydesdale Bank
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

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