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 four in 2014
(Watch the Bradford video on
Bradford has been announced
as the winner of Curry Capital of Britain, for the fourth time in a
row to make it a total of five giving them the lead over Glasgow on 4
wins . Brighton took the runner up sport with Birmingham third.
Bradford Council staff and
the successful restaurant team (Aakash, Kiplings, Shimla Spice,
Zaara's) celebrate their victory.
The Pop Up Restaurant launch
was a great success (extreme left Raf from team
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.
Conditions of participation for 2015.
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 - 2014.
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)
Competing Cities & Dates for 2015:
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 2015" 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 2015 :
National Curry Week runs from 12 - 18 October 2015.
The winner of Curry Capital of the Year 2015 will be announced on
19th October and invited to a special function in London for
presentation of the trophy.
Voting for teams opens
Final voting for teams 14th
Teams announced 17th August
Final voting for city 25th September
Final date for receipt of Council submissions 28th
Announcement winners 20th
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 judges who will have carried out their own,
independent appraisals with the help of a small army of volunteers.
Step 3 : 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-once again for presentation to the judges.
Step 4 : Invite all team restaurants to hold a
special fund raiser prior
to or during National Curry Week with
proceeds going to The Curry Tree Charitable Fund to help the poor and
undernourished the world over. Involvement in The Poppadomathon will
be included in this.
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 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
inexpesive DVD/CD very useful in recent years. However, as all
councils are suffering financial restraints, this will be taken into
account and the percentage of points allocated adjusted accordingly.
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 :
standard of food and service of the four team restaurants chosen and
their role in serving their community and city . (40%
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. (30%
marks). If submissions are late or missing an
independent review will be substituted with a reduction in sector
possible marks to reflect lack of council support.
of Health & Cleanliness of curry restairant within each
participant based on 'Scores on the Doors' or EHO input.(10%
(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%)