The winner of the prestigious International Indian Chef of the Year competition has been unveiled.

Chef Milon Miah of Spice Island Restaurant, Barnard Castle, claimed the title at a charity dinner in aid of Columba 1400, and was presented with his award from the charity’s patron, HRH Princess Anne. Milon, 36, was previously pronounced the “Curry King of the North East”, following his appearance on TV programme The Chef.

He wowed the judges with his starter of Borta Roulette – a selection of potato-based dishes – and a main of venison served alongside lightly spiced and pan-fried asparagus.

He said: “Winning really means a lot to me – it is the ultimate competition in the Indian hospitality scene. It is fantastic to see how much talent there is out there – the Indian culinary scene should be celebrated given its contribution to British culture, and the competition does just that.”