"We need more urgent measures, including what has been dubbed a 'vindaloo visa', to save the nation's favourite cuisine," Sir Cable said at the British Curry Awards in London on Monday night.
The promises that pro-Brexit supporters had been giving, of worker migration from South Asia increasing as a result of leaving the European Union, had not happened, according to Sir Cable.
Supporting one year ‘vindaloo visa’ to help solve curry chef crisis at #CurryOscars An excellent idea the government needs to look into— Vince Cable (@vincecable) November 27, 2017
"If there was any doubt beforehand, the shortage of curry chefs is now a crisis... The curry industry is rightly aggrieved by Brexiteer false promises that a vote to Leave [the European Union] would mean more workers, including chefs, from South Asia could come into the country, because there would be fewer EU workers. This has not materialised," Sir Cable said.
He also called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to end the restrictions and thus allow for the training of "the next generation of curry cooks".
An analysis carried out by the British Curry Awards in London estimates 50 per cent of all curry restaurants, around 6,000, will be shuttered within the next ten years.
Curry Awards founder, Enam Ali, has also written to the UK government to create temporary visas for chefs to come to the UK and train local staff in the art of cooking curry in its traditional style.
(With Inputs From PTI)