Bradford curry title bid is set to be unveiled

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Pictured celebrating Bradford regaining the curry Capital award from Glasgow are Mohammed Rafiq, from Kiplings, Faisal Hussain, from Shimla Spice, Mohammed Imran Shauket, from Prashad, and Ashad Mahmood from Aagrah Pictured celebrating Bradford regaining the curry Capital award from Glasgow are Mohammed Rafiq, from Kiplings, Faisal Hussain, from Shimla Spice, Mohammed Imran Shauket, from Prashad, and Ashad Mahmood from Aagrah

Bradford’s bid to defend its title of Curry Capital of Great Britain will be unveiled next week by four of the district’s top Asian restaurants and Bradford College.

The Aagrah, Kiplings, Prashad and Shimla Spice, who have been selected to represent the district, will be producing cuisine at a pop-up restaurant at the college on Monday to mark the completion of the bid document.

Produced by Bradford Council, the document will outline why the city should keep its curry crown.

Emmerdale star Matthew Wolfenden, of Norwood Green, and his partner both on and off-screen Charley Webb, will be tasting some of the best dishes to come out of Bradford at the event.

Councillor David Green, the Council’s executive member for regeneration and culture, said: “Four restaurants are combining for the first time to launch the bid. We are really keen to win this prestigious title again and believe once more that we have the strongest case.”

Bradford beat competition from 17 other cities including Leicester, Birmingham and Manchester to take the title in 2011. The previous year Bradford was Curry Capital of England in 2010, beaten to the British title by only two points by Glasgow. Bradford was also Curry Capital of Great Britain in 2004.

The judging panel scored the district’s bid highly last year for the quality of the food and service offered by each of the restaurants, but also for food hygiene, understanding of the curry restaurant sector and the success of the restaurants in collectively raising funds for food charity The Curry Tree, which seeks to alleviate the plight of the poor in South East Asia.

The judges were also impressed by the International Food Academy (IFA) at Bradford College and Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, which teaches residents how to cook quick, simple, healthy and cost-effective meals.

The IFA has been working in partnership with leading Asian restaurants in the UK to address a shortage of chefs and develop a new generation of inspiring young chefs to fill the skills shortage in Asian restaurants.

Mohammed Aslam, managing director of the Shipley-based Aagrah group, said: “The pop-up restaurant is a great opportunity to showcase Bradford as the Curry Capital and promote a positive Bradford message nationally. Aagrah is delighted to be a part of this celebration.”

Earlier this year Mr Aslam was appointed as the chief patron of the IFA and has delivered an Aagrah Masterclass to Bradford College students.

Michele Sutton, principal and chief executive of the college, said: “Working in partnership with patrons of the academy, local restaurateurs and employers we can develop a new generation of rising stars to enter the industry and address the curry crisis.”

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9:59am Fri 18 May 12

shaunp2112 says...

Bradford is antastic for curries, but there are much nicer curries in Bradford than the above 4 restaurants.Great to see something positive, but surely other restaurants could get involved too?
Bradford is antastic for curries, but there are much nicer curries in Bradford than the above 4 restaurants.Great to see something positive, but surely other restaurants could get involved too? shaunp2112

10:51am Fri 18 May 12

Willard says...

Typical, the rich places to dine when most of us eat at places costing half this and been in Bradford for over 50 years, what about the International, The Karachi on Neale Street, the Sweet centre on Lumb lane and my all time number one, the Kashmir in Morley Street, serving food from 11.am until the small hours. These places serve fast and tasty food for many more people. I do like the Aagrah tho' when I can afford it or want to push the boat out for a special occassion
Typical, the rich places to dine when most of us eat at places costing half this and been in Bradford for over 50 years, what about the International, The Karachi on Neale Street, the Sweet centre on Lumb lane and my all time number one, the Kashmir in Morley Street, serving food from 11.am until the small hours. These places serve fast and tasty food for many more people. I do like the Aagrah tho' when I can afford it or want to push the boat out for a special occassion Willard

1:48pm Fri 18 May 12

_Size3_ says...

I agree with the above - there is a vast and diverse collection of eateries at a fraction of a cost.

I don't think the title matters - we all know the curries in Bradford speak for themselves and no posh competition will ever take that knowledge away.
I agree with the above - there is a vast and diverse collection of eateries at a fraction of a cost. I don't think the title matters - we all know the curries in Bradford speak for themselves and no posh competition will ever take that knowledge away. _Size3_

2:09pm Fri 18 May 12

webess says...

The blokes on the left has MASSIVE shoulders - is this Popeye after a spinach curry?
The blokes on the left has MASSIVE shoulders - is this Popeye after a spinach curry? webess

4:14pm Fri 18 May 12

mrs fifties says...

It's always down to personal choice of course, but in my view Prashad serves the best curry in Bradford - probably Yorkshire, if not the North of England. I don't think you'll get a 'nicer' one anywhere. And it doesn't have to cost a lot if you share a starter and just go for one main dish. Karachi and Kashmir are fine but if you want something special and different - it's got to be Prashad.
It's always down to personal choice of course, but in my view Prashad serves the best curry in Bradford - probably Yorkshire, if not the North of England. I don't think you'll get a 'nicer' one anywhere. And it doesn't have to cost a lot if you share a starter and just go for one main dish. Karachi and Kashmir are fine but if you want something special and different - it's got to be Prashad. mrs fifties

7:19pm Fri 18 May 12

Patrick Bateman says...

Whilst I applaud the councillor's decision to come on here and explain his decision it is nevertheless a curious one and clearly plain wrong. No one in public office should be seen to support what is - all acknowledge - illegal activity (even if done 'with the best of intentions').

The law is the law: end of.
Whilst I applaud the councillor's decision to come on here and explain his decision it is nevertheless a curious one and clearly plain wrong. No one in public office should be seen to support what is - all acknowledge - illegal activity (even if done 'with the best of intentions'). The law is the law: end of. Patrick Bateman

7:27pm Fri 18 May 12

Albion. says...

Patrick Bateman wrote:
Whilst I applaud the councillor's decision to come on here and explain his decision it is nevertheless a curious one and clearly plain wrong. No one in public office should be seen to support what is - all acknowledge - illegal activity (even if done 'with the best of intentions').

The law is the law: end of.
Have you lost your way Patrick?
[quote][p][bold]Patrick Bateman[/bold] wrote: Whilst I applaud the councillor's decision to come on here and explain his decision it is nevertheless a curious one and clearly plain wrong. No one in public office should be seen to support what is - all acknowledge - illegal activity (even if done 'with the best of intentions'). The law is the law: end of.[/p][/quote]Have you lost your way Patrick? Albion.

10:34pm Fri 18 May 12

Patrick Bateman says...

Albion. wrote:
Patrick Bateman wrote:
Whilst I applaud the councillor's decision to come on here and explain his decision it is nevertheless a curious one and clearly plain wrong. No one in public office should be seen to support what is - all acknowledge - illegal activity (even if done 'with the best of intentions').

The law is the law: end of.
Have you lost your way Patrick?
Ah! Yes! Lol! I blame multiple tab browsing..! (and maybe I should have left my meeting with Johnny Walker till later...) :)
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Patrick Bateman[/bold] wrote: Whilst I applaud the councillor's decision to come on here and explain his decision it is nevertheless a curious one and clearly plain wrong. No one in public office should be seen to support what is - all acknowledge - illegal activity (even if done 'with the best of intentions'). The law is the law: end of.[/p][/quote]Have you lost your way Patrick?[/p][/quote]Ah! Yes! Lol! I blame multiple tab browsing..! (and maybe I should have left my meeting with Johnny Walker till later...) :) Patrick Bateman

10:46pm Fri 18 May 12

Patrick Bateman says...

Anyway, now I'm here I may as well have a stab at writing about the actual story at hand (ahem!).

Of the places mentioned Shimla Spice gets my vote. That said in my opinion the best place in Shipley is The Shama: great food, excellent service, clean and good value. The cherry on the naan is that you can take your own grog too. Nice!
Anyway, now I'm here I may as well have a stab at writing about the actual story at hand (ahem!). Of the places mentioned Shimla Spice gets my vote. That said in my opinion the best place in Shipley is The Shama: great food, excellent service, clean and good value. The cherry on the naan is that you can take your own grog too. Nice! Patrick Bateman

11:56pm Fri 18 May 12

Undercliffeshotta says...

Bradford has the best curry places and there is no doubt in that but the best ones I would say are Akbars and Mumtaz.
Bradford has the best curry places and there is no doubt in that but the best ones I would say are Akbars and Mumtaz. Undercliffeshotta

1:12am Sat 19 May 12

mrs walker says...

Patrick Bateman wrote:
Anyway, now I'm here I may as well have a stab at writing about the actual story at hand (ahem!).

Of the places mentioned Shimla Spice gets my vote. That said in my opinion the best place in Shipley is The Shama: great food, excellent service, clean and good value. The cherry on the naan is that you can take your own grog too. Nice!
Zaara is fantastic. In Bradford, ah, the Nawaab, Omar Khan's, International...

And if you're daft enough to not like curry there's a fantastic little street food noodle stall on John Street market!
[quote][p][bold]Patrick Bateman[/bold] wrote: Anyway, now I'm here I may as well have a stab at writing about the actual story at hand (ahem!). Of the places mentioned Shimla Spice gets my vote. That said in my opinion the best place in Shipley is The Shama: great food, excellent service, clean and good value. The cherry on the naan is that you can take your own grog too. Nice![/p][/quote]Zaara is fantastic. In Bradford, ah, the Nawaab, Omar Khan's, International... And if you're daft enough to not like curry there's a fantastic little street food noodle stall on John Street market! mrs walker

8:31am Mon 21 May 12

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

VFM for me is Sunrise on otley road. Taste, has to be 3 Singhs.
VFM for me is Sunrise on otley road. Taste, has to be 3 Singhs. Prisoner Cell Block A

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