A chef from Mosborough has praised the loyalty of his customers after beating 259 other competitors to a national award.

Mukter Ali, who works at the Vine Indian Cuisine, School Street, won chef of the year for the North East region at the Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards, which took place in Westminster Bridge, London.

It is the second time in three years that Ali has won the award after landing the prize in 2017.

“I’m really proud for my customers, this award belongs to all of them,” Ali said.

“I couldn’t eat anything before because I was that nervous. I thought we weren’t going to get it.

“I’ve never thought about myself as being a good chef, but to have a chance to show good I am continuously is special.”

Ali’s son Mohammed, who also works at the restaurant, believes his father’s success would not have happened if it was not for the Mosborough community.

He said: “He’s never been the type to enter a competition, let alone go to an awards ceremony! The customers encouraged him to enter.

“If they didn’t give us the support we wouldn’t be where we are today, we won it for the community.”

Ali, who has been a chef since 1987, could win another award after his restaurant was nominated at the British Curry Awards on 25 November.

The Vine will be competing for restaurant of the year for the Midlands region at the ceremony, which is described as the ‘Curry Oscars’.

After finishing as finalists in the same category last year, Mohammed is dreaming of an unexpected success this time around.

“We will be competing against Michelin Star restaurants, they are the lions of the jungle,” he said.

“Lots of famous people and MPs will attend, you wouldn’t expect such prestige at events for your Tom, Dick and Harrys.

“Just Imagine if we bring the trophy home, but it’s a waiting game and we will see how we do on the night.”