SUPER chef Saba Choudhury enjoyed the sweet taste of success after being named The People's Favourite Chef for 2015.

Saba served up a treat for judges with his duck curry and orange dish to win the award after competing against chefs across the country.

Now Saba is hoping his triumph will help put the Five Spice Restaurant at Hollies Hill near Belbroughton well and truly on the culinary map.

Saba received his prize following a glitzy ceremony at Birmingham's South and City College over the weekend and admitted: "My heart was really beating when it came to the announcing of the awards, because I didn't know what to expect, although I knew I'd done well. It's the first time I've ever won anything."

Saba has been head chef at the Five Spice for the past two years and worked under the guidance of manager and executive chef Sadiq Miah who said: "This is excellent news and something we really want to promote.

"We both put our heads together when coming up with the dish and I always thought Saba had a real chance of winning.

"Hopefully this success will help put Belbroughton on the map as well and already we're seeing a difference with more and more people coming to the restaurant ever since Saba reached the regional finals."

Sadiq spotted Saba's talent while working at the Balti Bazaar in Lye where he began training him. He then took Saba with him when moving to the Five Spice.

He added: "I saw he'd got that spark about him and was prepared to try and do something different.

"I don't go in for competitions myself, I like to promote my staff instead and I get satisfaction from the accolades they receive.

"But I'm sure Saba will be entering more competitions from now on."

Customers will now be able to sample Saba's winning recipe which is currently on the menu at Five Spice.