Curry Lover Award for Cowan

The Daily Record’s food writer has been voted Curry Lover of the Year, at the Scottish Curry Awards.

And in the Record, yesterday, Tam Cowan, who also features regularly on BBC Radio Scotland, wrote: “I’m chuffed to report I won the prize …well, kinda chuffed. Let’s be honest, this is just a nice way of calling someone a fat b…..d.”

Cowan also rated a mention in Ken Smith’s diary in The Herald yesterday, who reported: “And radio broadcaster Tam Cowan couldn’t pass being named Curry Lover of the Year without uttering one of his outrageous gags.

“’I had a pelican curry one day’, one day he declared, then added: ‘the bill was enormous’. Ouch.”

As media folk are known for their liking for curries, we give you the full awards list:

Best Supermarket Curry: Asda (three years in a row)

Team of the Year Award: Ashoka Johnstone, Johnstone (second year in a row)

Chef of the Year Award: Ajmal Mushtaq, of Mushtaq's Restaurant, Hamilton

Takeaway of the Year Award: Banana Leaf, Glasgow (second year in a row)

Lifetime Achievement Award 2011: “The legendary” Mrs Unis, Edinburgh

Curry King of the Year Award: Mother India – mastermind Monir Mohammed

North West winner: Spice Tandoori, High Street, Fort William

South West winner: Balbir’s, Church Street, Glasgow

North East winner: Bombay Joe's, Gray Street, Dundee

South East winner: Suruchi, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

Overall winner of Restaurant of the Year: Balbir’s.