Bradford’s second annual Curry Awards is underway with nominations now live for the public to vote for their favourites in 9 categories.
Bradford Curry Awards launched last year to celebrate Bradford’s hugely influential and prominent curry industry.
Following on from the success of last year’s event, where the who’s who of Bradford’s dynamic curry industry graced the occasion, organisers are back with plans for the second year to be bigger and better.
This year the Curry Awards partners up with car brand Lexus, who will be giving away a Lexus ES sport to one lucky person to drive for the weekend via a special Lexus curry trail, where Lexus prestigious cars will visit close to 200 curry establishments across the district, anyone who spots the car simply has to take a picture of it and post to the Bradford Curry Awards social media site with hashtag #Lexuscurrytrail to be in with a chance to win the car for the weekend including a meal for 4 and 2 VIP tickets to the awards.
On partnering up with Bradford Curry Awards, Lexus Bradford principle Christopher Boot, said: “We were just so impressed with the inaugural awards that we had to get involved for the second time”
With the launch of more curry houses in the city, the competition has really spiced up with two new categories being added for 2019: Best Dish and Best Newcomer.
Last year Café Akbar scooped the Best Restaurant People’s Choice award and Prashad won the Best Restaurant Judges Choice Award. My Lahore also won big, taking away 6 awards in total.
With nominations once again live for the public to nominate their favourites, it really is going to be an intense competition, as there are so many great establishments to choose from.
Nominations will close on 9 March 2019, after which a short list will be prepared for judges to take over and choose the final winner. The only category which will be put back out for votes will be the Best Restaurant People’s Choice where the public will vote for their winner. The finalist with the highest number of verified votes will win this category.
Bradford Curry Awards founder, Fatima Patel said: “It’s great to be hosting the second awards, I am so excited for the industry, especially as they work such long and unsociable hours, this event is a great way to celebrate them all and bring them together.
“Of course, there can be only one winner, but the main objective for me is to bring the industry together and celebrate their contribution to our local economy and to our tourism.”
Every year Bradford Curry Awards also aims to fight for a cause. Last year the food event looked at encouraging more women into the industry and it’s good to see that a couple of female chefs have started emerging in Bradford.
This year however, organisers have chosen to create awareness around food wastage.
According to figures UK households binned £13bn worth of food in 2015 that could have been eaten. Waste and recycling advisory body Wrap revealed that an estimated 7.3m tonnes of household food waste was thrown away in 2015 – up from 7m tonnes in 2012.
Throughout the awards campaign organisers hope to provide useful tips and advice on how to reduce food wastage and make Bradford one of the leading cities to tackle food wastage.
The Awards will take place on Tuesday 9th April 2019 at Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford. Tickets are now on sale visit www.bradfordcurryawards.co.uk or call 01274 735 657