Staff from the Lemon Grass restaurant in Furze Platt were surprised to find their chef in competition with Hardeep Singh Kohli on Saturday night.
The presenter and comedian was performing his show at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, which compared his curry, cooked live on stage, to a local restaurant's.
The Shifford Crescent restaurant was nominated by the majority of theatre goers, so manager Abul Kalam found himself leaving a busy weekend service to deliver a lamb vindaloo to the stage.
He said: "It was nice to hear that people had voted for us.
"I delivered the curry to the theatre and stayed to answer a few questions, but I couldn't stay for long because I had to rush back to run the restaurant."
Audience members then decided on the best curry with a blindfolded tasting.
"We were told that the tasting vote was split about 50/50.
"Some people were so impressed they came to the restaurant after the show, which was great to see.
"Hopefully a few more people were impressed and will come to try our food this week."
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