There’s little doubt Bradford is the undisputed King of curry having won Britain’s Curry Capital award six years in a row and are still the current title holders.  But it’s always a tough task selecting the best from the best and that’s what the public has to do as we approach the third annual Bradford Curry Awards.

Nominations are now live for the public to nominate their favourite curry providers in nine categories, plus a brand new category to vote for the Best Home Cook.

The Best Home Cook award is an initiative by the BCA to encourage more women to become professional chefs, with females accounting for less than 20% of the UK’s professional chefs. Aside from that many of us always claim our mums make the best curry, so it’s time we nominated them.

The winner of the Best Home Cook will be judged by a TV celebrity who will be announced in April. The winner will also win the coveted BCA trophy, plus £500 cash and a FREE cooking course at Bradford College.

This year will also see Bradford’s regional newspapers Asian Sunday and Telegraph & Argus come together for the first time along with LOCALiQ to partner up on the exciting curry industry celebrations.

Fatima Patel, Event Director for Bradford Curry Awards and Editor of Asian Sunday Newspaper said: “Curry has been at the heart of Bradford’s heritage and culture and the past two years have been an excellent get together and celebration of the whole industry. This year takes it up a notch as we will be working with the Telegraph & Argus to join us in celebrating the core fabric of Bradford’s rich food offering.

“It’s also fantastic that we will be able to create platforms to profile others who are talented and perhaps want to enter the industry, but just need a little encouragement with our Best Home Cook category. This year is really going to be our best ceremony yet”

Steve Lowe, director at the Telegraph & Argus and LOCALiQ said: “Curry is at the heart of Bradford just like the T&A and it is great to celebrate another great Bradford export. Plus with the chance for readers to vote for their favourite restaurant, we expect huge competition to be crowned the best in the district. With supplements planned to promote the finalists and award winners, those that enter this year will enjoy great branding exposure to a huge local audience, we are really excited to be working with Fatima to bring the best awards ceremony in April”.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Bradford Hotel this year and will consist of networking with street food, a host of inspirational speakers, comedy, a 3-course meal and a special celebrity guest. There’ll be a buzzing ambiance of business leaders, politicians, members of the community, and above all the crème de la crème of Bradford’s curry industry.

The public have till 29 February to send in their nominations, which can be done by visiting www.bradfordcurryawards.co.uk or looking out for nomination forms in the Telegraph & Argus.

For tickets or sponsorship enquires contact fatima@bradfordcurryawards.co.uk or steve.lowe@localiq.co.uk