British 'curry college' to train chefs

Nov. 19, 2011 at 8:17 AM

LONDON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A school to train British workers in Indian cooking has been proposed as part of the government's new immigration strategy, officials say.

The plan put forward by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has been nicknamed the "curry college," The Guardian reported.

The goal is to find homegrown talent for the Indian restaurants that have been a feature of English life for decades.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who called for an end to "state multiculturalism" in a speech earlier this year, hopes to make drastic cuts in the number of immigrants coming to Britain, a policy that would drain the labor pool for the Indian food industry. The government is working out the details of a new strategy to promote integration of immigrants and immigrant communities into British life.

Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, has called for "getting British workers ready for British jobs," which now includes preparing vindaloo and naan.

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