Restau­rants are aim­ing to curry favour at city’s in­au­gu­ral awards cel­e­bra­tion

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS -

MORE THAN 2,500 nom­i­na­tions have flooded in for the in­au­gu­ral Brad­ford Curry Awards which have been launched to cel­e­brate the in­dus­try’s con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy, her­itage and cul­ture.

The Brad­ford Curry Awards pro­vide a plat­form to show­case the best of the lo­cal in­dus­try. A spokesman said: “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 around 80 names put for­ward – and a short­list has now been an­nounced of the top five es­tab­lish­ments which re­ceived the most nom­i­na­tions in each of eight cat­e­gories across the in­dus­try.”

Fa­tima Pa­tel, event di­rec­tor for the Brad­ford Curry Awards, said: “We were ab­so­lutely over­whelmed 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.

“As well as show­cas­ing the best of the in­dus­try, we hope the awards will also help to at­tract new ta­lent, so en­sur­ing it is sus­tained and con­tin­ues to grow long into the fu­ture.”

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a pres­ti­gious awards ceremony on Tues­day, April 17, at the Cedar Court Ho­tel in Roo­ley Lane, Brad­ford.

The spokesman said: “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 fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit the web­site, www.brad­ford­cur­

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