CURRY CAPITAL OF
BRITAIN 2010

 

 

Organised by :

The Federation of Specialist Restaurants

P.O.Box 416,
Surbiton, Surrey
KT1 9BJ
020 8399 4831

The Curry Tree Charitable Fund
(www.thecurrytree.com)

GLASGOW WIN CURRY CAPITAL OF BRITAIN 2010
This means Glasgow have won the title an amazing four times.

Official result :

1st - GLASGOW 2nd BRADFORD 3rd WOLVERHAMPTON

Glasgow, winners of the Curry Capital of Britain title in 2002, 2005 and 2006 showed they were as hungry as ever to regain their title with a campaign that judges decided was a victory for teamwork between the Council, the four team restaurants and the curry-loving Glasgow public.

At each stage the organisers were bombarded with enthusiasm from the tens of thousands of votes to decide the restaurant team of Koolba, Balbirs, Mr Singh's and Mother India Café, votes for the city itself, a fantastic submission by the Council supported by the Lord Provost and incredible fund raising by all four team restaurants for The Curry Tree Charitable Fund.

"The 13 experienced judges from all round the country wish it to be known that their job was made very difficult due to the very high standard of team restaurants and general competition this year," commented founder and organiser Peter Grove

Bradford was deemed to have the most innovative submission and newcomers Wolverhampton deserve special mention for a tremendous first time showing. However Glasgow was judged to be the winner for the fourth time by just 2 points for an outstanding team effort from all parties co-ordinated by the Council and supported by the Scottish media.

"It has been the most fascinating running of the event so far," continued Grove. "Not only did many councils organise the submission required by the rules but also organised micro websites and Facebook or Twitter campaigns."

Winners in 2007 Leicester were a very close fourth, putting up a fierce fight to defend their title just pipping Birmingham (winners in 2005) with Sheffield in 6th in its best showing to date suggesting it will be a strong contender in 2011.

Other teams included Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds and Cardiff and it is expected at least two more will be competing next year for the title which, it has been claimed, can boost tourism by £1.5 million.

The result was announced today on the BBC Radio Midlands Breakfast Show with high hopes that Birmingham could reproduce their 2005 victory. When the result was announced in the usual reverse order presenter Phil Upton was stunned and described it as "news we didn't want to hear."

"I can understand the disappointment of many cities that are convinced they deserve the title almost by right, but winning the title is more than just having great restaurants," commented Grove. "It is a joint effort by the public, the council and, of course, the restaurants that results in a winning package of excellence combined with enthusiasm and the result next year could be completely different."

Some comments from the 2006 event

"We and all the restaurants are delighted with the result!"
Paula Greig - Glasgow City Council

"Fantastic - we are delighted. This is brilliant news for Bradford and will go some way to building a more positive image of the cities multiethnicity! "-
James Lee - Bradford City Council

"I'm thrilled that Glasgow has reclaimed the title of Curry Capital of Britain and I'd like to congratulate the Council's marketing and graphics team who put their heart and soul into our bid." -
Liz Cameron - Lord Provost

"I hope this will encourage visitors to come into the city and sample what's on offer. It could provide a tremendous boost for trade. It's great to be in the news for the right reasons for a change!" -
Terry Rooney - Bradford North MP

Previous Holders

Curry Capital: London West(2001) : Glasgow(2002) : Glasgow (2003) : Bradford (2004) : Birmingham (2005) : Glasgow (2006)
EthniCity : Edinburgh (2003) : Birmingham (2004) : Glasgow (2005) : Bradford (2006)

 

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