The 3 'B's take the honours in Curry Capital event
After six months of voting and investigation, the
thirteen judges of Curry Capital of Britain sponsored by
hungryhouse.com, awarded the honours for 2014 to the 3 'B's -
BRADFORD (the winners) - Brighton (Runners-up) - Birmingham (Third).
This means that Bradford have taken the title an
amazing record breaking four years in a row despite the great efforts
of other cities to beat them.
Peter Grove, organiser and founder of the event as
part of 17th National Curry Week, was full of praise for the
outstanding effort of the Yorkshire city with their score increasing
nearly 9% on last year's total. "It is as if they have found the
magic formula," he said. "Of all the competing cities they
have understood the underlying message of the event to promote
cohesion where there was division and have used curry as a bonding
agent to bring different aspects of Bradford society together."
"As well as curry lovers and restaurateurs, they managed to
bring together local businesses such as Lishman's of Ilkley and their
balti pies and Keelham's Farm Shop with their tasty Tipsy Pig Ale,
hotels and even the air cadets." " They managed to portray
the local pride they have in all things 'Bradford' so much so that we
will be using their approach as a blueprint for next year."
Tourism Manager Patricia Tillotson and her team and
the four restaurants representing Bradford, Kiplings, Shimla Spice,
Aakash and Zaara's, worked hard throughout the year to get their
message across and showed an amazing example of how people can work
together where they would normally never do so.
"No doubt there will be several complaints as to
why a certain city has not done better but it can come down to their
official health and safety standards or, more often than not, the
lack of input from the cities themselves." "We do not put
rules on the submissions required or expect it to be costly but in
some cases councils could not be bothered to send out the tourist
material expected by an ordinary enquirer, thus letting their
restaurants down." "The lack of effort of some cities is
If you are looking for the healthiest place to have
your curry then Bradford and Nottingham head your list with 100%
scores, London Central (Tamarind, Quilon, Chakra, Painted Heron)
received the highest inspection marks from the judges and Babur in
South London was, once again, the only restaurant to achieve maximum
points. New to the top three, Brighton moved rapidly up the list from
12th last year with the support of the council and local PR man
George Shaw, which would have please the Father of the British Curry
Scene Sake Dean Mohammed who opened the first curry restaurant in
London in 1809 but later lived and died in Brighton.
Birmingham moved up one place to third but still have
yet to mount the major challenge they seem capable of and Leicester
re-affirmed itself is one of the best places to enjoy curry with a
solid 4th place. Newcastle were placed last this year because one of
the team restaurants closed during the judging period for renovation
this effecting the marking and Wolverhampton slipped down the list as
the local marketing team were no longer able to continue the
fantastic support of previous years.
The presentation of the award will take place in
Bradford at a date to be advised.
1/ Bradford 2/ Brighton 3/ Birmingham 4/ Leicester 5/
Leeds/Cardiff 7/ London South/Nottingham 9/ London East 10/
Edinburgh/Liverpool 12/ London North 13/ Manchester/Sheffield 15/
London West/Oxford 17/ Wolverhampton 18/ London Central 19/
Northampton 20/Newcastle (Glasgow did not compete this year)
Previous winners : London West(2001) : Glasgow(2002) :
Glasgow (2003) : Bradford (2004) : Birmingham (2005) : Glasgow (2006)
Leicester(2007) : Glasgow(2010) : Bradford(2011) : Bradford(2012) : Bradford(2013)
Celebrations all round
The Air Cadets World Poppadomathon holders