Having already won awards in 2008 and 2013, Tutu Melaku cold be adding another Pride of Reading Award to her trophy case

By Karen Jordan (Get Reading) |

Award-winning Ethiopian restaurateur Tutu Melaku could add to her ever-growing trophy cabinet after being nominated for a Pride of Reading Award.

Ms Melaku, who has run Tutu’s Ethiopian Table for ten years, could serve up the Small Business in Action Award after being nominated by foodie fan Greg Dopson.

Mr Dopson, from Tilehurst, who has been a customer at the Global Cafe at Reading International Solidarity Center (RISC) eatery in London Street for eight years.

He said: “Tutu is amazing. She sends money to Ethiopia to build schools. Her food is amazing. She is creating a new business around her sauces.”

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A Pride of Reading favorite, Ms Melaku, 49, who lives East Reading, scooped the Casual Dining Award in 2008, and in 2013, more praise was poured onto her cuisine with several nominations in 2016.

In 2010 she was named a Reading Food Hero and, in 2013, Tutu’s Ethiopian Table was listed in the Guardian’s Top 10 Budget Eats in Reading.

And building on her menu of success, she launched her own brand of Tutu’s Table Sauces in October 2015, which represent a sample of the type of food served at the Global Cafe.

“I would love to hear from people if they would like to see some more,” said Ms Melaku.

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