BRADFORD WIN CURRY CAPITAL OF BRITAIN 2011
(2nd Glasgow -
A Rap, A Takeaway and a great big Bhaji
The Rap -not Katy Perry and Snoop Dog with
'California Girls' but Wolverhampton's Amy Goodall and Wolf Radio's
Richard Dodd with their version 'Wolverhampton for Curry Capital' :
The Takeaway - the innovative submission by Glasgow Council complete
with bag and containers backing the city and its team restaurants :
The Great big Bhaji - 102.2kg by students at the Bradford College
Food Academy and Bobby from team restaurant Prashad - nearly 18kg
more than the previous Guinness World Record for the largest onion bhaji.
These were a few of the many things highlighted by
National Curry Week organiser Peter Grove when announcing Bradford as
the winner of the title of Curry Capital of Britain for 2011 narrowly
beating four times winner and current holder Glasgow into second
place. In third place once again was Wolverhampton and gained special
comment from Grove.
"In most other years the performance by Kim
Gilmour and the Wolverhampton team would have won the title easily.
They held a great launch event, voted in a good team and built up a
huge body of support from Mayor Bert Turner and local media Express
& Star and Wolf and Beacon radio to thousands of Wolverhampton
curry lovers". However, the efforts of Glasgow and Bradford were
by far the best ever, with enough votes to cause the voting system to
Glasgow once again beat fellow Scottish contender
Edinburgh to be the Curry Capital of Scotland, a position it has held
since the competition began. The judges were again very impressed by
the commitment of the council's Agnes Brisbane and her restaurant
team of Slumdog, Kama Sutra, Neelim and KoolBa and particularly
commended their fundraising contribution to The Curry Tree Charitable
Fund making the city the most generous Curry Capital competitor in
Britain for a second year. The judges' comment on the Glasgow bid was
: "Introduced by Lord Provost Bob Winter, the submission was as
good as ever, promoting the city well whilst being innovative and fun".
The Bradford bid led by the council's Patricia
Tillotson with a particularly strong restaurant team of Aagrah,
Prashad, Kiplings and Shimla Spice win the title they first won in
2004. When the process started in April they decided last year's
runner-up slot was not good enough and pulled out all the stops.
Shimla Spice produced over 2000 emailed votes to win the title of
Customer Restaurant of the Year 2011 and the city scored highly in
every sector from "Scores on the Doors", to judges' visits
and fund raising for The Curry Tree. The judges decided the Bradford
bid showed deep understanding of the curry sector and particularly
noted the creation of the International Food Academy and the Food Ministry.
Leicester, winners in 2007, produced a very
effective online council submission with good restaurant team
support, particularly from Anjuna with its Beach Party held to raise
donations for charity and were close up in fourth place beating
Birmingham, winners in 2005, once again.
Seventeen cities and boroughs were in the
competition this year with the top ten being Bradford (Winner),
Glasgow (Runner-up), 3rd Wolverhampton, 4th Leicester, 5th Edinburgh,
6th Newcastle, 7th Birmingham, 8th Manchester, 9th Nottingham, 10th
Rajesh Saraf, Director of Kama Sutra Group in
Scotland said "The UK Curry Capital of Britain competition is
fiercely fought throughout the length and breadth of the country"
and Mayor Wolverhampton M.H.Turner commented that the competition
"will bring further prosperity and employment for all the cities
that take part".
For the organisers, Peter Grove particularly wished
to thank the organising officer in each competing council for making
the event such a success once again and already other cities are
stating their intent to take part. This year one of the most
dedicated voting was from South Tyneside Council and they were not
even official competitors. When told of the possible added
competition for 2012, four time winner Glasgow's Agnes Brisbane said
"bring it on".
The trophies for the winning city and team members
will be presented by Anjali Pathak of National Curry Week sponsors
Patak's at a date to be announced.