The Curry Capital of Britain
'COMMUNITY COHESION THROUGH CURRY'
The Curry Capital of Britain was
first created late in 1999 by Peter & Colleen Grove who chaired
The National Dome Grading Scheme (now The Federation of Specialist
Restaurants) and are co-editors of The Real Curry Restaurant Guide as
well as Oriental, Italian and Mood Food Restaurant Guides. In
addition they advise many official bodies on the ethnic food and
drinks sector, and edit Mood Food Magazine (www..moodfoodmag.com)
and are food historians
The event idea arose from the bad publicity following racial
unrest in parts of London some years ago, unrest that has been
repeated in other cities since. The intention was to provide a
showcase for selected cities in United Kingdom with large ethnic
communities through the medium of food and drink, focusing on what
the cities do for their ethnic communities and, in return, what the
multiracial community brings to that city. A more recent focus has
been on the cooperation between the council, restaurants and
education bodies to promote the curry industry and thereby assisting
in allieviating unemployment and promote community cohesion.
Bradford make it five in 2015
Bradford has been announced
as the winner of Curry Capital of Britain, for the fifth time in a
row to make it a total of five giving them the lead over Glasgow on 4
wins . Glasgow took the runner up sport with Brighton third.
The successful restaurant
team (Aakash, Kiplings, Shimla Spice, Akbar)
celebrate their victory.
2015 placings were 1/
Bradford 2/ Glasgow 3/ Brighton 4/ Leicester 5/ Birmingham 6/ London
South, London Central 8/ Edinburgh, Nottingham 10/ Aberdeen 11/
Cardiff, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester 15/ Northampton 16/ Leeds
17/ London East, Newcastle 19/ London West 20/ Oxford 21/ London North
London Central and London
South restaurant teams achieved a 100% health & hygiene score.
Customer's Restaurant of the
Year : 1/ Koolba, Glasgow 2/ Shimla Spice Keighley 3/ Kiplings Bradford
The Pop Up Restaurant launch
was a great success (extreme left Raf from team
"I dont see it as
a competition; I see it as a proud portrayal."
Communications, Events and Marketing Officer (2015)
Rajesh Saraf, Director at Kama
Sutra Group in Scotland, said: The
UK Curry Capital of
Britain Competition is
fiercely fought throughout the length and breadth of the country. "
"I am certain that
participation in Curry Capital of Britain will bring further
prosperity and employment for all the cities that take part."
M.H.Turner, RH Worshipful the Mayor of Wolverhamption 2011.
Council comments from
previous years :
Marketing Birmingham is
proud to give its support to the restaurants selected to participate
in this competition and is pleased that the diverse ethnic
communities of the city are being nationally acknowledged and
applauded in this competition. - Deborah Fitz-Gibbon Policy &
Marketing Executive Marketing Birmingham.
Manchester City Council strongly supports Manchester's
bid for the Curry Capital Award 2007. We believe that such an award
would bring more prosperity to the area, provide local employment and
facilitate community cohesion and therefore contribute to delivering
our strategic priorities. - Wayne Shand, Head of Economic & Urban
Policy Manchester City Council
The Curry Capital title has raised national and
international awareness of the extremely high quality of cuisine we
have in Glasgow. Throughout the last seven
years we have shown our dedication to the Curry Capital title and
both our bid team and our restaurants hold this title in high esteem.
- The Right Honourable Liz Cameron The Lord Provost of Glasgow
It was a real honour for Edinburgh
to win the first EthniCity title in 2003 and be runner up in the
Curry Capital competition. We now proudly line up against the
contenders from the rest of the UK. - Alisa Falconer Edinburgh
Inspiring Capital Brand Manager.
recognises the central role the food industry plays in the prosperity
of the region. Bradford has everything, the cultural heritage, the
diversity, the innovation and creativity, the entrepreneurial flare
and the culinary talent to be crowned Curry Capital of Britain 2007.
- City of Bradford MDC
"I am so proud that our restaurants are in
the competition for Curry Capital of the UK - I wish them the best of
luck in this competition". Councillor Paul Wesley Lord Mayor of Leicester.
New Conditions of participation for 2016.
The Curry Capital of Britain was held every year up
to 2007 when it was won by Leicester. The competition was
re-introduced for 2010 but as part of the 13th National Curry Week in
November 2010 and was a huge success in 2011 - 2015. The rules have
now been changed to give the fairest chance possible to each city.
The initial competition will decide Curry Capitals of England (minus
London), Scotland, Wales, N.Ireland who will then compete plus London
for The Curry Capital of Britain.
Previous holders are :
London West(2001) : Glasgow(2002) : Glasgow (2003)
: Bradford (2004) : Birmingham (2005) : Glasgow (2006)
Leicester(2007) : Glasgow(2010) : Bradford(2011) : Bradford(2012) :
Bradford(2013) : Bradford(2014) : Bradford(2015)
Competing Cities & Dates for 2016:
for your favourite curry restaurant to represent your city
Vote for your city (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can place your vote for your
favourite Asian restaurant anywhere in Britain to be "Customer
Restaurant of the Year 2016" at email@example.com***
***No personal information
(email or geographical address) gathered during voting will be passed
on to any third party.
Important Dates for 2016 :
*Voting for teams opens 1st February
*Final voting for teams 6th June;
*Teams announced 8th June
*Judging Period 13th June to 1st September
*Final voting for city 1st September
*Final date for Support(Council or Representative)
submissions 1st September
*Announcement of National Winners England(excluding
London)/Scotland/Wales/N.Ireland 13 September
*Final of inter-National competition between the 4
National winners plus a London team will take place in London during
National Curry Week 10-16 October for Curry Capital of Britain.
THE JUDGING PROCESS
Step 1 : is to choose four curry restaurants in
each competing city to represent the city and on which the judges can
focus their attention. This is achieved by votes on the dedicated
website(firstname.lastname@example.org) and through Mood Food Magazine as well as
in cooperation with councils on their own website, regional
newspapers, and radio.
Step 2 : is for the organizers to build up dossiers
on each of the four team restaurants in each city for eventual
presentation to the thirteen judges who will have carried out their
own, independent appraisals with the help of a small army of volunteers.
Step 3 : Invite all team restaurants to hold a
special fund raiser during the Judging Period with proceeds going to
The Curry Tree Charitable Fund (or another specified charity
specified) to help the poor and undernourished the world over.
Involvement in The Poppadomathon will be included in this.
Step 4 : is to build up a dossier on each competing
city based on what the ethnic community does for the city and what
the city does for them and the importance of their curry community
with an accent on 'Community Cohesion through Curry' - once again for
presentation to the judges.
Step 5 : is to encourage the public to vote for
their city via the website or on Facebook or Twitter(@supportcurry).
Step 6 : is to receive the submission (visual,
written or electronic) from the Councils or marketing/representative
entities as to why their city should win the title (very important).
Many cities ask what style their submissions should follow. The
choice remains that of each city but judges have found an inexpensive
visual aids very useful in recent years.
Step 7 : is to present the final dossiers to the 13
judges for voting and verification by the organiser. During this
process votes for cities continue to form part of the overall marking.
Scoring for the title by the judges is based in
three areas :
(a) The standard of food and service of the four
team restaurants chosen and their role in serving their community and
city . (50% marks)
(b) The input from each Council or representative
in their submission advising why their city should win the title
given the criteria to add to the organiser's confidential dossier.
(20% marks). If submissions are late or missing, an independent
review will be substituted with a 5% reduction in sector possible
marks to reflect lack of support.
(c) Standard of Health & Cleanliness of curry
restaurant within each participant based on 'Scores on the Doors' or
EHO input.(10% marks)
(d) The support of team members and/or Council of
the event's charitable aims. (10% marks)
(e) Customer comments and Trip Advisor ratings and
city voting (10%)
At all times the concept of 'Community Cohesion
through Curry' will be the underlying factor in judging.