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Valentines Love of Birmingham Market

Chef Suree Coates of the King and Thai, Broseley Nr Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Chef Suree Coates of the King and Thai, Broseley Nr Much Wenlock, Shropshire

Award Winning Chef’s Love for Birmingham Markets

An award-winning Midlands restaurateur has added her name to growing list of chefs who want to save Birmingham Wholesale Market from relocation.

Suree Coates, who was named the Best Thai Cook in the UK in 2011 in the National Asian Curry Awards, plans to show her support by cooking the food of love.

Ms Coates, who runs the King and Thai, in Broseley, near Much Wenlock, Shropshire, with her partner, Simon Turner, rises at 3am each Friday so that she can visit the market’s fish section.

Traders at Birmingham’s Wholesale Market fear its future is in doubt amid concerns that plans to relocate it are no longer financially viable. Local restaurateurs fear they would have to travel to Manchester or London to buy fresh supplies if it is closed.

Today Ms Coates said she hoped the City Council would act to remove the uncertainty, afters plans to relocate the market were approved in May 2009.

She said: “The market is essential to restaurateurs from across the region. We host special fish nights each Friday and rely on the exceptional produce that we buy at the Birmingham market.

“We have been preparing for Valentine’s Day for quite some time, and for tonight we have some wonderful fresh fish, and have decorated the restaurant, where we will cook lobster, great fish and our indulgent home-made desserts. If Birmingham’s wholesale market were to close, we would be unable to do that in future years.”

The King and Thai dazzled at the National Asian Curry Awards in October after judges were impressed by Suree’s use of fresh ingredients, some of which are bought in Birmingham, alongside being ‘Commended’ for her incredible homemade desserts.

Ms Coates added: “We focus on the best the region has to offer, and ensure that all our ingredients are fresh.

“True to Thai traditions, we use fresh herbs, and spices and refuse any artificial ingredients. We grow some of them ourselves in our gardens.”

James Day Editor of added “Many of our chefs from around the Midlands regularly visit the Birmingham produce markets, sourcing much of their ingredients for their menus, and we support any campaign to ensure the regions reputation as maintained as a destination for UK food-o-philes”

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