The team from Bradford travelled to London yesterday to accept the Curry Capital of Britain 2013 trophy from Shane Lake of sponsors hungryhouse.co.uk.
This is the third consecutive year Bradford has won the title putting them level with Glasgow on four wins each. The event is the showpiece of National Curry Week, now in its 16th year, and it was celebrated along with other awards at a special Celebration of Curry cruise on The New Southern Belle on the River Thames.
Patricia Tillotson accepted the trophy on behalf of Bradford council and the restaurant team of Akbars, Kiplings, Shimla Spice and Omar Khan’s and a special award was made to the Bradford Air Cadets who set a new Poppadomathon World Record and raised £200 for charity.
Peter Grove, founder and organiser of the event said, “this curry cruise is a fitting end to a fantastic year during which the British curry family has once again shown its generosity and fun loving nature. Bradford once again ticked all the boxes with the judges showing exemplary teamwork, innovation and fun”.
Although most pledges for the event are still to be honoured, Mr Grove was able to hand over a first cheque to Find Your Feet, the official charity, with the expectation of many more to come. All the winners for 2013 were :
Curry Capital of Britain – Bradford
Customer Restaurant of the Year – Bilash Wolverhampton
Best Signature Dish (Traditional) – Cinnamon Culture Bromley
Best Signature Dish (Innovative) – Navin Bhatia Dockmasters London E14
Curry Pub of the Year – The Vine West Bromwich
hungryhouse Takeaway of the Year – Sizzlers Pizza & Balti Hut Bradford
Best Indian Restaurant of the Year – Babur London SE23