Bradford thrilled to win curry title third year in a row

The launch last week of a Chicken Kahari crisp to back this year’s bid, from left, Kevin Butterworth of Seabrook, Shabir Hussain from Akbar's, Patricia Tillotson of the Council and Lord Mayor Khadim Hussain

The launch last week of a Chicken Kahari crisp to back this year’s bid, from left, Kevin Butterworth of Seabrook, Shabir Hussain from Akbar's, Patricia Tillotson of the Council and Lord Mayor Khadim Hussain

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Bradford has claimed an unprecedented hat-trick by becoming the first city to win the Curry Capital of Britain title three times in a row.

The city has again proved it is best bar na’an after beating off hot competition from second-placed Glasgow and third- placed Wolverhampton to retain its title in the annual showdown.

The result, announced yesterday, means Bradford has matched Glasgow’s record of winning the honour four times in total, adding extra spice to a fierce rivalry between the cities.

Patricia Tillotson, Bradford Council's visitor economy manager, hailed the city’s innovative bid – which included the world's first ever Poppadomathon and working with Seabrook and Akbar’s to create a Chicken Karahi- flavoured crisp.

She said: “We knew we had to do something really special, and working with Seabrook and our restaurant team, Akbar’s, Omar Khan’s, Kipling's and Shimla Spice, we managed to put together a really strong bid.

“It was really unique and it is wonderful we have a very famous crisp manufacturer in our city to support us.”

Coun Susan Hinchliffe, the Council's executive member for employment, skills and culture, said winning the title for the third year in a row “tells the world what we already know”.

“Bradford is the Curry Capital of Britain. We are renowned for our curries, our restaurants and our friendliest of welcomes. This will encourage more people to come into Bradford, have a curry and enjoy everything else Bradford has to offer.”

Kevin Butterworth, marketing director for Seabrook, joined the Bradford team to celebrate its success at City Hall yesterday.

“I think this is a great reward for all the effort that’s gone into the Bradford bid and we were more than happy to help,” he said. “The crisps are on sale in Morrisons and Asda and we have had some really positive feedback.”

Peter Grove, event organiser, said this year’s competition was tougher than ever. “The Curry Capital of Britain awards encourage recognition of the importance of the curry sector in Britain and Bradford’s restaurants are a fantastic advocate,” he said.

The competition included a Top Takeaway Award, which was won by Sizzlers Pizza and Balti Hut on Tong Street.

Shane Lake, co-founder of hungryhouse.co.uk, which sponsored the contest, said: “With so many great curry restaurants in Bradford it is difficult to select the best, but our customers and the British public have chosen well!”

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8:45am Wed 16 Oct 13

Andy2010 says...

Where did the comments go?
Where did the comments go? Andy2010
  • Score: 1

9:21am Wed 16 Oct 13

sorrow&anger says...

Andy2010 wrote:
Where did the comments go?
Obviously they didn't fit in with the T&A's loyalist and irritatingly unchallenging agenda.

They feel that the curry title compensates for all the rest of Bradford's minor shortcomings and that the realists on this thread should too. Nothing quite like a bit of well intentioned censorship.
[quote][p][bold]Andy2010[/bold] wrote: Where did the comments go?[/p][/quote]Obviously they didn't fit in with the T&A's loyalist and irritatingly unchallenging agenda. They feel that the curry title compensates for all the rest of Bradford's minor shortcomings and that the realists on this thread should too. Nothing quite like a bit of well intentioned censorship. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 8

9:22am Wed 16 Oct 13

dazbot says...

Well looks like someone at the T&A has had pressure put on them to wipe the comments.
Well looks like someone at the T&A has had pressure put on them to wipe the comments. dazbot
  • Score: 5

9:31am Wed 16 Oct 13

dazbot says...

Ah, seems they just reproduced and swapped the article....

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Ah, seems they just reproduced and swapped the article.... http:// www. thetelegraphandargus .co.uk/news/10738696 .Bradford_crowned_cu rry_capital_for_thir d_year_in_a_row/?ref =rc dazbot
  • Score: 0

9:49am Wed 16 Oct 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

dazbot wrote:
Ah, seems they just reproduced and swapped the article....

http:// www. thetelegraphandargus

.co.uk/news/10738696

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Recycle old stories, T&A at it's best.
Same with other. Did you know Next are going to have a Store at Westfield. Think it's only been reported on about 30 times this year. If it is built you'd think it was just going to be a Mall of Next stores.
[quote][p][bold]dazbot[/bold] wrote: Ah, seems they just reproduced and swapped the article.... http:// www. thetelegraphandargus .co.uk/news/10738696 .Bradford_crowned_cu rry_capital_for_thir d_year_in_a_row/?ref =rc[/p][/quote]Recycle old stories, T&A at it's best. Same with other. Did you know Next are going to have a Store at Westfield. Think it's only been reported on about 30 times this year. If it is built you'd think it was just going to be a Mall of Next stores. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 5

10:08am Wed 16 Oct 13

dazbot says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
dazbot wrote:
Ah, seems they just reproduced and swapped the article....

http:// www. thetelegraphandargus


.co.uk/news/10738696


.Bradford_crowned_cu


rry_capital_for_thir


d_year_in_a_row/?ref


=rc
Recycle old stories, T&A at it's best.
Same with other. Did you know Next are going to have a Store at Westfield. Think it's only been reported on about 30 times this year. If it is built you'd think it was just going to be a Mall of Next stores.
What its not? ****, really like Next as well.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazbot[/bold] wrote: Ah, seems they just reproduced and swapped the article.... http:// www. thetelegraphandargus .co.uk/news/10738696 .Bradford_crowned_cu rry_capital_for_thir d_year_in_a_row/?ref =rc[/p][/quote]Recycle old stories, T&A at it's best. Same with other. Did you know Next are going to have a Store at Westfield. Think it's only been reported on about 30 times this year. If it is built you'd think it was just going to be a Mall of Next stores.[/p][/quote]What its not? ****, really like Next as well. dazbot
  • Score: -3

10:13am Wed 16 Oct 13

BaildonGuy says...

I've just read the gushing editorial and I think the T&A is missing the point. Along with Coun Hinchcliffe and the other twerps at City Hall.

Our curries are superb. I've lived and worked in India and Pakistan and I can vouch for the quality.

But, imagine, supposes some well-heeled and well-intentioned southern foodie decides to visit the UK;s curry capital. He alights at that depressing bus shelter Forster Square (that replaces the confident Victorian station the Council demolished), climbs into one of the mobile dustbins that pass for taxis in this great City of ours, and drives past all the derelict boarded-up shops and payday lenders, taking in our national claims to fame, Westfield and the Odeon, along the way.

Foreby the food, what impression is our foodie taking home with him? Will he be singing Bradford's praises in the wine bars of Cheltenham? Or will he say that it deserves its Cr@p Town placing?

As my mother used to say, don't ask the neighbours round for tea until you've washed and donkey-stoned the front step.
I've just read the gushing editorial and I think the T&A is missing the point. Along with Coun Hinchcliffe and the other twerps at City Hall. Our curries are superb. I've lived and worked in India and Pakistan and I can vouch for the quality. But, imagine, supposes some well-heeled and well-intentioned southern foodie decides to visit the UK;s curry capital. He alights at that depressing bus shelter Forster Square (that replaces the confident Victorian station the Council demolished), climbs into one of the mobile dustbins that pass for taxis in this great City of ours, and drives past all the derelict boarded-up shops and payday lenders, taking in our national claims to fame, Westfield and the Odeon, along the way. Foreby the food, what impression is our foodie taking home with him? Will he be singing Bradford's praises in the wine bars of Cheltenham? Or will he say that it deserves its Cr@p Town placing? As my mother used to say, don't ask the neighbours round for tea until you've washed and donkey-stoned the front step. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 13

10:14am Wed 16 Oct 13

Mr Bradford says...

Andy2010 wrote:
Where did the comments go?
It's different article you idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Andy2010[/bold] wrote: Where did the comments go?[/p][/quote]It's different article you idiot. Mr Bradford
  • Score: -3

12:05pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Mycosyco says...

Congrats to Bradford. I went to University there for three terms in '84 and I still dream about your curries.
Congrats to Bradford. I went to University there for three terms in '84 and I still dream about your curries. Mycosyco
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Wed 16 Oct 13

bignozer says...

It's the thing Bradford will win.
It's the thing Bradford will win. bignozer
  • Score: 0

1:17pm Wed 16 Oct 13

The Hoffster says...

Mycosyco wrote:
Congrats to Bradford. I went to University there for three terms in '84 and I still dream about your curries.
That's a highly disturbing image.
[quote][p][bold]Mycosyco[/bold] wrote: Congrats to Bradford. I went to University there for three terms in '84 and I still dream about your curries.[/p][/quote]That's a highly disturbing image. The Hoffster
  • Score: -5

2:21pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Grumpygirl says...

Unless we can get some economic leverage this well deserved award is just a nice-to-have and the self-congratulatory fuss is pointless. Instead of patting herself on the back Cllr. Hinchcliffe should be asking what City Hall has done over the last three years to monetise this award and increase tourism.

The answer of course is nothing. You can see the problem though. The few bright spots, – the best curry restaurants, City Park, Lister Park --, are scattered islands surrounded by a sea of dereliction and deprivation. Apart from the curry there is no other reason why anybody would want to come to Bradford, let alone stay.

If we want to capitalise on this award we must at least start regenerating our City. Whilst our entrepreneurs are doing their best for Bradford, the Council, once again, is standing idly by.
Unless we can get some economic leverage this well deserved award is just a nice-to-have and the self-congratulatory fuss is pointless. Instead of patting herself on the back Cllr. Hinchcliffe should be asking what City Hall has done over the last three years to monetise this award and increase tourism. The answer of course is nothing. You can see the problem though. The few bright spots, – the best curry restaurants, City Park, Lister Park --, are scattered islands surrounded by a sea of dereliction and deprivation. Apart from the curry there is no other reason why anybody would want to come to Bradford, let alone stay. If we want to capitalise on this award we must at least start regenerating our City. Whilst our entrepreneurs are doing their best for Bradford, the Council, once again, is standing idly by. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 4

2:35pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Alhaurinrhino says...

Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics.
Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)
Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics. Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;) Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 5

2:38pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Bradford City win 1911 FA Cup Final
Bradford City win 1911 FA Cup Final Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 4

2:47pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Freddy Elliot says...

Don't forget 'Smoky'. Think they became Black Lace then.
Don't forget 'Smoky'. Think they became Black Lace then. Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 2

4:47pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Macba76 says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Unless we can get some economic leverage this well deserved award is just a nice-to-have and the self-congratulatory fuss is pointless. Instead of patting herself on the back Cllr. Hinchcliffe should be asking what City Hall has done over the last three years to monetise this award and increase tourism. The answer of course is nothing. You can see the problem though. The few bright spots, – the best curry restaurants, City Park, Lister Park --, are scattered islands surrounded by a sea of dereliction and deprivation. Apart from the curry there is no other reason why anybody would want to come to Bradford, let alone stay. If we want to capitalise on this award we must at least start regenerating our City. Whilst our entrepreneurs are doing their best for Bradford, the Council, once again, is standing idly by.
I agree with what you say, but is anyone in Bradford Council bright enough to understand what "Economic Leverage" is? I think we all know the answer to that.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Unless we can get some economic leverage this well deserved award is just a nice-to-have and the self-congratulatory fuss is pointless. Instead of patting herself on the back Cllr. Hinchcliffe should be asking what City Hall has done over the last three years to monetise this award and increase tourism. The answer of course is nothing. You can see the problem though. The few bright spots, – the best curry restaurants, City Park, Lister Park --, are scattered islands surrounded by a sea of dereliction and deprivation. Apart from the curry there is no other reason why anybody would want to come to Bradford, let alone stay. If we want to capitalise on this award we must at least start regenerating our City. Whilst our entrepreneurs are doing their best for Bradford, the Council, once again, is standing idly by.[/p][/quote]I agree with what you say, but is anyone in Bradford Council bright enough to understand what "Economic Leverage" is? I think we all know the answer to that. Macba76
  • Score: 3

7:23pm Wed 16 Oct 13

sorrow&anger says...

Alhaurinrhino wrote:
Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics.
Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)
You forgot the female genital mutilation and babies in dustbins.
[quote][p][bold]Alhaurinrhino[/bold] wrote: Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics. Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)[/p][/quote]You forgot the female genital mutilation and babies in dustbins. sorrow&anger
  • Score: 2

7:35pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Alhaurinrhino says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Alhaurinrhino wrote:
Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics.
Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)
You forgot the female genital mutilation and babies in dustbins.
You're so right.

A good curry story just seems to wash all the problems away. I bet the good folk of Hull, Barnsley, Middlesborough and other dumps wish their demographic had a huge Asian population to curry all their problems away ;)
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alhaurinrhino[/bold] wrote: Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics. Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)[/p][/quote]You forgot the female genital mutilation and babies in dustbins.[/p][/quote]You're so right. A good curry story just seems to wash all the problems away. I bet the good folk of Hull, Barnsley, Middlesborough and other dumps wish their demographic had a huge Asian population to curry all their problems away ;) Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Mr Bradford says...

Alhaurinrhino wrote:
sorrow&anger wrote:
Alhaurinrhino wrote:
Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics.
Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)
You forgot the female genital mutilation and babies in dustbins.
You're so right.

A good curry story just seems to wash all the problems away. I bet the good folk of Hull, Barnsley, Middlesborough and other dumps wish their demographic had a huge Asian population to curry all their problems away ;)
Probably... better than having yet more lazy chavy non-Asians doing f*ck all I suppose!
[quote][p][bold]Alhaurinrhino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alhaurinrhino[/bold] wrote: Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics. Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)[/p][/quote]You forgot the female genital mutilation and babies in dustbins.[/p][/quote]You're so right. A good curry story just seems to wash all the problems away. I bet the good folk of Hull, Barnsley, Middlesborough and other dumps wish their demographic had a huge Asian population to curry all their problems away ;)[/p][/quote]Probably... better than having yet more lazy chavy non-Asians doing f*ck all I suppose! Mr Bradford
  • Score: -2

8:37pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Mr Bradford says...

Alhaurinrhino wrote:
Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics.
Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)
You don't understand the concept of news do you? You can always use the archive and search for the things you just want to read about.... again and again.
[quote][p][bold]Alhaurinrhino[/bold] wrote: Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics. Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)[/p][/quote]You don't understand the concept of news do you? You can always use the archive and search for the things you just want to read about.... again and again. Mr Bradford
  • Score: -3

9:30pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Freddy Elliot says...

Alhaurinrhino wrote:
Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics.
Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)
Don't hold back Al. Just tell it how it is!!
[quote][p][bold]Alhaurinrhino[/bold] wrote: Since this news was announced i have completely forgotten about the drug dealing, child grooming, acid throwing, gang violence, shootings, uninsured drivers, filthy chip-shops, holes in the ground, abandoned shops, beggars and alcoholics. Strange what a little bit of positive news can do, innit ;)[/p][/quote]Don't hold back Al. Just tell it how it is!! Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 0

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