"I'm pleased to support a fantastic initiative that celebrates the great contribution that the Asian cuisine sector plays in the UK's economic and cultural life. I believe that promoting the industry will help attract young people from different backgrounds to enter it.
When I first started out it wasn't easy but I had the fire in my belly to make it big. This is the attitude I hope to see in our young chefs who want to make into the top Asian restaurants.
I would encourage everyone, not only restaurateurs, but also rice suppliers and spices suppliers, to support this initiative to promote our industry, because their business also depends on the Asian restaurant trade.
The Asian Restaurant Skills Board are doing an admirable job in leading the industry. I believe that by coming together as employers and investing in our collective future, we can help ensure that this initiative will prove not only to be a success, but a great investment in our future".