Award-winning Suree Coates was named the Best Thai Cook in the UK in 2011 in the National Asian Curry Awards, after judges were impressed by her use of fresh ingredients, some of which are bought in Birmingham. Earlier this month, Eat the Midlands online reports that she added her name to growing list of restaurateurs who want to save Birmingham Wholesale Market from relocation. Ms Coates, who runs the King and Thai, in Broseley, near Much Wenlock, Shropshire, rises at 3am each Friday so that she can visit the market’s fish section. Like other local restaurateurs she fears she would have to travel to Manchester or London to buy fresh supplies if it is closed.

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.

Ms Coates – seen here with her Valentine’s day confection – hopes that the City Council will soon act to remove the uncertainty, after plans to relocate the market were approved in May 2009.

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 region’s reputation is maintained as a destination for UK food-o-philes”