More than 15000 nominations have flooded in for the third annual Bradford curry awards which seeks to find the best of the best and celebrate the industry’s contribution to the local economy, heritage and culture.
It’s the highest number received since the awards launched in 2018, which just goes to show the growth of the industry and the need to celebrate Bradford’s most loved and renowned industry with virtually unrivalled reputation of being the curry capital of the UK.
The Bradford Curry Awards have been organised to provide a platform to showcase the best of the local industry. They aim to recognise not just the city’s top chefs but also all those who work hard behind the scenes to create the city’s nationally-acclaimed culinary reputation.
Curry lovers from across the district were invited to nominate their favourite eateries – with more than 100 names put forward – and a shortlist has now been announced of the top five establishments which received the most nominations in each of the eight categories across the industry.
Nominations were really close this year with some missing out on the short list by just a few marks. Those businesses are My Lahore, who has been winning the awards consecutively for the last two years, Prashad who missed out by one mark in making it to the finalist. Newcomer, Kashmiri Aroma also managed to gain a considerable amount of nominations but just missed out in making it in the Best Customer Service category.
It’s particularly noteworthy that the newly opened Lala’s Leeds Braford, just passing the Bradford border into Pudsey received a monstrous number of nominations, which would have easily seen them shortlisted in every category except the Best outdoor caterer, but sadly they couldn’t be included as they are not part of the Bradford Curry Awards demographic.
After the mammoth task of counting and verifying the close-run nominations was completed the shortlist can be revealed as follows:
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Best Restaurant (People’s Choice)
Sultan, Café Akbars; Shimla spice; EastZEast, International Restaurant; Paprika Lounge; Jinnah Bistro; The Kashmir; Tazza Kitchen; Mumtaz
Best Restaurant (Judges Choice)
Shimla Spice; EastZEast; Aagrah Midpoint; International Restaurant; Sultan;
Tazza Kitchen; Shimla Spice; Sultan; East Z East; International Restaurant
Idle Balti, Bengal Tiffin; Masala Express; Rajpoot, Future Balti
Best Customer Service
Shimla Spice; Tazza Kitchen; Paprika Lounge; Aziz Catering, Jinnah Bistro
Sultan; Mumtaz; Shimla Spice; International Restaurant; Tazza Kitchen; My Lahore
Shimla Spice; Café Akbars; Kashmiri Aroma; Sultan; International Restaurant
Sunrise Catering; Aziz Catering; Iqbal Catering; Pakistan Catering;
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Fatima Patel, Event Director for Bradford Curry Awards said: “Once again the public have chosen in their thousands and we are delighted with the response. We were aware that the people of Bradford love their food and know their curry, but they’ve really rallied round to support their favourite establishments. It’s been phenomenal to see how passionate everyone directly involved is about their industry and what it means to the Bradford economy.
“Despite the current climate of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic it is important we stay upbeat at such challenging times and the awards will hopefully keep the positivity going during what is probably one of the most toughest time, especially since the government’s announcement on restricting social activity and avoiding restaurants.
“Here at the BCA we will be doing everything we can to reach out to curry house bosses and supporting them through this difficult phase, keeping them updated as events unfold and helping to negotiate support from local and national government.
“Any curry establishment requiring support and guidance during the coronavirus pandemic can contact the BCA on 01274 735 657 and we will do our best to offer practical support.
In the meantime, my message to all is to support each other and stay united in fighting this battel together”
With the recent government announcement, organisers have decided that public safety at such an important time is imperative and so while the third annual awards were due to take place on Monday 20April they have now been postponed till Monday 1 June. The format and event will remain the same, with the judging process due to commence in April, where our esteemed and expert judges will choose the final winners, with the exception of the People’s choice and this years Best Home Cook category
Due to the sheer volume of nominations the People’s Choice category has been shortlisted to 10 establishments. These will be live on the T&A website from Monday 23 March for the public to vote for their winner. Nominations will close on 25 May midnight.
Nominations for the Best Home Cook category are still open and members of the public are invited to send in their best curry recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org to be in with a chance of winning £500 cash, a fully funded professional chef course from Bradford College and of course the coveted BCA trophy. Winners will be chosen by a special celebrity guest on the night. Only female applicants aged over 18 are invited to apply, in a bid to encourage more women to become professional chefs.
All winners will be announced at a prestigious awards ceremony on Monday 1 June at the Bradford Hotel, Hall Ings, Bradford. It will feature an entertaining evening of music, inspirational speakers, comedy and, of course, great food.
Food fans from across the community are invited to join the celebrations and network with business leaders, politicians, and above all, the crème de la crème of Bradford’s curry industry.
For more information call 01274 735 657 or email email@example.com