There’s little doubt Bradford is the undisputed King of curry having won Britain’s Curry Capital award six years in a row and are still the current title holders. But who is the best of the best, as locals get to decide who should receive the city’s own prestigious accolade.
A Potted History
In the 1960s and 70s, following the demise of the British Empire, Britain saw an influx of Indian and Pakistani communities. Many of these settled in industrial centres such as Bradford. The majority of immigrants who came were men, with most ending up working in the mills. Kashmiri and Indian men emigrating to Bradford around this time weren’t used to cooking, and there were no Pakistani or Indian restaurants around.
It was then that restaurants such as The Sweet Centre, and Karachi, established to serve the demand for South Asian cuisine from Britain’s new immigrants. Both restaurants are still trading today, and the city now boasts more than 200 curry establishments. Each one serves some of the best and award winning South Asian cuisine in the Bradford District.
Following years of success, the time was right to celebrate the finest examples of South Asian cuisine. Enter, an inaugural awards night in 2018 charged with highlighting both city pride and profiling the industry dedicated to serving up the finest cuisine.
The awards aim to celebrate this rich heritage, while also recognising the best restaurants, and those people who work hard behind the scenes creating Bradford’s culinary craftsmanship. There have now been two magical evenings which along with finding the best if the best have also unashamedly become a platform to lobby for the industry, and to inspire and nurture future talent.
It’s a perfect excuse to share both the love and the glory in one of Britain’s most treasured curry destinations.
We hope you will join us in celebrating the very best of Bradford’s curry industry!