Bradford in bid to retain curry capital title

People are being urged to back Bradford’s bid to be named Curry Capital of Britain.

Last year the city beat 17 other cities including Glasgow, Leicester, Birmingham and Manchester to be crowned Curry Capital of Britain.

Council chiefs are now urging people in the city to get behind the bid to try to ensure Bradford retains the title this year. Last year there was such a massive response and organisers are hoping the public will once again get behind the bid.

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An authority spokesman said: “If we are to retain the title, the public need to vote for Bradford to be winning city and for their favourite Asian restaurant in the district and the top four will then go on to represent the district.”

Anyone wanting to find out more should visit the website: www.visitbradford.com/currycapital. Here there is a link to a web form hosted on the Bradford Council site. Voting closes on Friday, August 24.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, the council’s executive member for culture and tourism, said last night: “We know that we have some of the best curry restaurants in the country so we need to shout about it and retain our title.

“I hope everyone backs our bid and shows the judges just how passionate we are about our Bradford curries.”

Four top Asian restaurants, The Aagrah, Kiplings, Prashad and Shimla Spice, who represented Bradford in 2011, launched the Bradford Council bid alongside Bradford College’s Food Academy two weeks ago at a pop-up restaurant at the college.

The judging panel scored Bradford highly last year not just for the quality of the food and service offered by each of the restaurants, but also for food hygiene, a deep understanding of the curry restaurant sector and the success of the restaurants in collectively raising funds for food charity, The Curry Tree, which seeks to alleviate the plight of the poor in South East Asia.