One of the UK’s biggest potato crisp companies is to honour Scotland’s top curry restaurant by launching a flavour inspired by its cuisine.
In August Walkers will introduce a Madras Curry version throughout the UK based on a dish served at Radhuni in Loanhead on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland’s current Curry Restaurant of the Year.
It will be part of the company’s campaign to recognise restaurants which have gone to the greatest lengths to help their local communities during the pandemic. Radhuni is the first Indian-Bangladeshi restaurant in the UK to receive the accolade. Last year it raised £10,000 for the NHS and served thousands of free meals to front line workers.
“Over the past 18 months we have seen that, no matter what, loved local restaurants like Radhuni are there for us,” said a spokesman for Walkers, best known for its advertisements fronted by former soccer star and TV presenter Gary Lineker. “Now we want to support and celebrate it.“
All purchasers will receive a £5 voucher from Walkers by selecting the restaurant named on the pack.
Radhuni’s Managing Partner Habibur Khan, who at the age of 23 in 2019 became the youngest winner of a major British Curry Award, said the approach from the crisps giant came out of the blue.
“We’re thrilled to have provided the inspiration for this new crisp flavour and been recognised for the passion we’ve always had for the local community,” he commented.
He paid a special tribute to his father Matin, who runs Itihaas restaurant in nearby Dalkeith, as “my mentor and the backbone of our group.”
Habibur, whose face will be included in Walkers’ TV advertisements on its ‘local champions,’ went on: “Thanks are also due to the staff and drivers who delivered those meals during lockdown and to our loyal customers. We could not have achieved this latest success without them.”