A RESTAURANT has proven itself to be hot stuff after it was nominated for an award.

Pasha Indian Cuisine in St John’s, Worcester, beat off stiff competition to become a regional finalist of the Tiffin Cup.

The competition was founded by Keith Vaz, the Leicester East MP and chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, to promote and celebrate Asian cooking in the UK.

Each constituency MP nominates one restaurant for the accolade and Worcester MP Robin Walker picked Pasha as his champion.

Despite missing out on a spot in the national finals, Sam Ahmed, manager at the restaurant, said he was delighted that Pasha received a nomination.

He said: “It was an achievement for us to be considered for such an award. I think the most important thing is we shall try and continue to serve the community as we have been doing for 25 years.”

Mr Walker said: “What I tried to do is nominate restaurants over the years that I have enjoyed and heard good feedback about.

“It’s important to celebrate all of our great diversity in cuisine in Worcester and it’s great the Tiffin Cup is there to allow us to do that. Pasha did well to get through to the regional final and I’m looking out for restaurants to nominate next year.”

The grand final takes place at the House of Commons on Wednesday, June 27, where the national winner will be announced. A Tiffin Cup cookery book will also be released to celebrate the achievements of the 500 entrants participating.