Meet the winners of Bradford’s Second Annual Curry Awards
From more than 90 entries and thousands of nominations nine curry establishments in Bradford have been hailed the best of the best, after winning their categories in the second annual Bradford Curry Awards.
Bradford has held the Curry Capital of Britain title for six year’s running and so the local awards were launched to promote pride in Bradford and profile the industry’s rich heritage.
The winners were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Cedar Court Hotel, in Rooley Lane, Bradford, on Tuesday night. (April 9)
The winners were:
BEST RESTAURANT – JUDGES’ CHOICE
(Chosen by a panel of expert judges who visited the five shortlisted establishments as mystery diners).
BEST RESTAURANT – PEOPLE’S CHOICE
(Chosen by public vote – with more than 5000 people voting for their favourite establishment from the five shortlisted nominees.
Dhesi Grill – Nihari Lamb shank cooked in a thick aromatic flavourful sauce
Minal Patel of Prashad
Naseem Akhtar of Aakash
BEST NEWCOMER – for the newest business in Bradford
BEST OUTSIDE CATERER
Bengal Tiffin Tandoori
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
A surprise Industry Pioneer of the Year award went to CEO of Akbars Mr Shabir Hussain, who has three restaurants on one road in Bradford and has been running his chain of Akbars restaurant for more than two decades now.
A special award was also given to special guest Asma Khan for her contribution to empowering women in the curry industry. Asma is the founder of the popular Darjeeling Express in London and is the first British female chef to have appeared on Netflix’s Chefs Table.
More than 300 people attended the awards ceremony where they were treated to a sumptuous banquet of street food, selection of curries followed by tea and coffee courtesy Regal Foods Plc.
The event was compered by the highly amusing Hardeep Singh Kohli, TV personality, chef and comedian, who had the audience in rapturous laughter.
Bradford Curry Awards Founder and Director Fatima Patel introduced the event and thanked everyone for their support and their contribution to Bradford and the local economy.
Fatima highlighted this year’s theme as being more aware around food wastage. Charity partner Inn Churches were at hand to offer tips on food wastage and also to highlight the importance of support from the community for foodbanks.
She said: “Congratulations to all the winners, everyone in the curry industry deserves to be celebrated. They contribute so much to our economy and help to bring much needed tourism to our city. I am really delighted we have had another successful year celebrating the industries achievements.
“It’s been particularly wonderful hosting Asma Khan in our lovely city and showing her the abundant yet diverse food offering we have on our doorstep.
“See you all again next year”