Restaurateur of the year


Alison and Neil Cohen, owners of Tuscany in Loughton, have been delighting residents with fine meals for over 12 years. Tuscany is unique in that it allows diners to choose from two completely individuals and exciting menus; a sushi dimsum and noodles menu together with a burger and pizza menu. These menus are produced by separate kitchens, so you can literally have Sushi and chips! All the food is prepared daily from quality ingredients which have been purchased at the market that day, under the supervision of the owners. Neil has been a chef for twenty-four years after studying at Westminster College.


After living in Redbridge for over 25 years, Sartaj Singh Luther opened the doors to the very first North Indian restaurant in May 1985, serving fresh punjabi food which is now famous in Britain. With his business acumen, and his wife’s flair for cooking, it was a calculated venture and sure to succeed. Today the well-known Curry Special brand is synonymous with quality. Curry Special has always moved with the times. From operating a 40 seater restaurant, Sartaj now runs a 130 seater restaurant, a flourishing catering business and has recently started the production of Indian ready-made meals under the Curry Special brand name for Tescos.


Mr Peter Burnell is the owner of the highly successful Don Pietro restaurant, which has been satisfying the appetites of many Redbridge residents for the past decade. In 2001 the restaurant received a 5 star rating from the "Eating Out" section of the Yellow Advertiser and for the last four years has received Platinum awards for "outstanding achievement and contribution to the pursuit of excellent food and service" from the online company ‘Quality Food.’ Don Pietro has a great reputation for tailoring menus to suit the customers’ requirements. The restaurant now boasts an excellent outside dining area, which has proven to be very popular.