Naan better than Bradford? UK’s curry rivalry starting to
Cities begin to compete for Curry Capital of Britain 2013
Britain’s love affair with curry is well known, and now 21 teams have been nominated to fight it out to be crowned Curry Capital of Britain, with this year’s competition set to be bigger than ever.
The annual awards are organised by the Federation of Specialist Restaurants (Fedrest), in
association with lead sponsors hungryhouse.co.uk. Last year a quarter of a million foodie fans
voted for their favourite city, with Bradford narrowly beating Glasgow and Wolverhampton to
receive the prestigious Curry Capital crown for the third time. This year more cities than ever are
attempting to curry favour with the judges and secure the public’s votes.
Founded by food historian and author Peter Grove, the Curry Capital of Britain is part of National Curry Week and showcases the cultural richness of Britain’s largest cities, encapsulating the passion of the British Indian food industry.
Each participating city will be represented by four local restaurants, who will campaign on behalf of their city and make their case to the judges. The public can also now vote online for their chosen city via the new website: currycapitalofbritain.org.uk/vote, with the winning city
announced on October 13. An awards ceremony will take place on an exclusive Thames River
Cruise on October 27 and the trophy will be presented to the winner.
For the first time ever the awards will recognise the excellent quality of takeaway restaurants in
Britain with the inclusion of the hungryhouse.co.uk Takeaway Award. The new award will go to
the winning city’s best takeaway restaurant, as selected by hungryhouse.co.uk’s Top Takeways
Peter Grove, Event Organiser, comments: “The Curry Capital of Britain awards encourage
recognition of the importance of the curry sector in Britain and is recognised by the public,
Councils and Colleges, helping to improve Health & Safety and catering education.
With the invaluable support of hungryhouse as sponsors again this year we expect an even
more exciting competition not forgetting a growing contribution to chosen charities.”
Shane Lake, hungryhouse.co.uk Co founder comments: “Like everyone else, we’re big curry
fans so we’re delighted to be involved in this year’s campaign. With so many fantastic curry
restaurants in Britain it’s tough to choose the best but the passion of the British voters will
ensure a worthy winner is crowned.”
Glasgow are hot on the heels of last year's winners (Bradford) to claim the crown and the Glasgow campaign has been strongly supported by Glasgow council, as they aim to showcase the quality and vibrancy of the city's Indian food scene.
Anyone from the public can vote for their favourite city, and if you vote via the voting page then you are automatically entered into a prize draw (for a £300 hungryhouse voucher).