Judges Oliver Peyton, Andi Oliver, Matthew Fort of the Great British MenuCredit:Malou Burger Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Television programmes should be more inclusive of Asian cooking so young chefs do not just see traditional French cooking styles. Programmes like Masterchef and Great British Menu should promote the British curry, which is in fact a highly complex cooking technique and part of our British food heritage.” John Torode and Gregg Wallace of Masterchef, which holds a ‘professionals’ seriesCredit:BBC The Bangladeshi-born businessman, who owns a restaurant in Epsom, Surrey, and was awarded an MBE for services to the catering business, urged television bosses to show how Asian spices and cooking techniques can be just as sophisticated as French cuisine.“Most cookery television programmes promote traditional French cooking techniques,” he said. “It means that would be curry chefs who see such programmes may shun a career cooking Indian food because they think perfecting French techniques will be better for their career.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“So, young second and third generation Asians considering entering the catering industry may believe the future of cooking is not really in Asian food. Research carried out by Mr Ali, 57, suggests that up to eight curry restaurants or takeaways close each week, in part because many owners struggle to find suitably skilled chefs and the current workforce is aging.He added that while the Asian food industry was generally pro-Brexit, hopes that leaving the EU would allow more Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi chefs into the UK were receding.Consequently, he believes cookery programmes, which have done a tremendous amount to bolster the industry, should do more to promote ‘high end’ Asian culinary skills, partly because more Indian restaurants are being awarded Michelin stars.The BBC last night declined to comment. Cookery programmes like Masterchef and Great British Menu are putting young chefs off pursuing a career cooking curries, a leading Asian restaurateur has warned. Enam Ali, a champion of the UK curry industry, fears popular professional cooking television programmes which promote traditional French culinary techniques could be contributing to the country’s shortage of curry chefs.Speaking the day before he hosts the annual British Curry Awards – the so-called ‘Curry Oscars’, Mr Ali warned that the curry industry, which employs around 100,000 people in Britain, is suffering a kitchen staffing crisis forcing some restaurants to close.