The great and the good of the curry industry came together in Bradford last night for the first ever Bradford Curry Awards.
Bradford is the current holder of the national Curry Capital of Britain title for the sixth year running and the local awards were launched to promote pride in Bradford and profile the industry’s rich heritage.
Eight curry establishments in the city picked up awards at the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford.
BEST RESTAURANT - JUDGES’ CHOICE - Prashad
BEST RESTAURANT - PEOPLE’S CHOICE (more than 6,500 votes cast) - Café Akbars
BEST CHEF - Tied between Minal Patel of Prashad and Sami Ullah of My Lahore
BEST MANAGER - Mohammed Hussain of My Lahore
BEST VEGETARIAN - Prashad
BEST OUTSIDE CATERER - My Lahore
BEST TAKEAWAY - Tied between Sultan and My Lahore
BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE - Prashad
A surprise innovation award went to My Lahore for their success in harnessing the digital era and special recognition awards were given to women chefs Kaushy Patel and Sabra Kader.
The curry industry is worth £4billion to the national economy – with 23 million people regularly consuming curry meals and £500,000 of this was contributed by Bradford.
“To me, the question is, why haven’t we had our own curry awards before? Bradford has its critics but is well thought of in certain fields and curry is one of them, so we should be proud of it. We have more than 200 curry establishments including some very big names, but also dozens of fantastic little restaurants.
“Apart from a few technical glitches, I am extremely delighted that the event went really well. Everyone had a great time. Congratulations to all the winners, but also to the finalists, who should be proud of making it to the final five. I look forward to inviting you all back in 2019!”