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Ipswich Taj Mahal chef swaps kitchen for New Wolsey stage

Business development manager Ruman Muhith, Ipswich Borough's Westgate councillor Colin Kreidewolf and The Chef Show director Stefan Escreet. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Business development manager Ruman Muhith, Ipswich Borough's Westgate councillor Colin Kreidewolf and The Chef Show director Stefan Escreet. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Taj Mahal chef Sayid swaps the kitchen for the stage in The Chef Show, part of PULSE presents.

Taj Mahal chef Sayid. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDTaj Mahal chef Sayid. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

He’s getting a night off from the renowned Norwich Road restaurant, established in 1964, to join the two-man cast of the Ragged Edge Productions’ comedy.

Written by Nick Ahad and directed by Stefan Escreet, watch father and son Abdul and Khalid on a particularly busy night in their restaurant as they struggle to deal with their customers and their staff while deciding whether Khalid will carry on the family business.

One of the first Indian restaurants in Suffolk and probably one of the oldest in East Anglia, the Taj Mahal got involved thanks to business development manager Ruman Muhith, who’s helping out with its digital marketing while on sabbatical.

“I was driving into London for a meeting and heard Stefan on the radio talking about the show and he said whatever town they go to they find a Bangladeshi run Indian restaurant to take part.”

Ipswich Borough's Westgate councillor Colin Kreidewolf,  business development manager Ruman Muhith and The Chef Show director Stefan Escreet outside the Taj Mahal. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNIpswich Borough's Westgate councillor Colin Kreidewolf, business development manager Ruman Muhith and The Chef Show director Stefan Escreet outside the Taj Mahal. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sayid, sponsored by Suffolk Linen Ltd, has been the chef there about two years.

“He’ll be on the stage throughout the whole show, cooking live. Every now and again the actors will engage him... they’ll ask what he’s cooking, what are the differences between certain Indian cuisines, how he got into being a chef and how life was like for him back in Bangladesh,” says Ruman.

“He’s going to be cooking a recognisable dish from a regular known menu, a dish for the vegetarian members of the audience and also a traditional Bangladeshi dish that you’ll never find in an Indian restaurant and the audience get to taste all of it.”

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