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Bradford crowned Britain’s Curry Capital

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They did it in 2011; they did it in 2012,and now, in 2013, Bradford has once again
been crowned the Curry Capital of Britain.

For an unprecedented third year in a row, the West Yorkshire city clinched the
top accolade ahead of places such as Manchester, London and Glasgow, to continue their dominance in the awards.

CHAMPIONS: (front l-r) Akbars’ Shabir Hussain; Kiplings’ Mohammed Rafiq, Shimla Spice’s Faisal Hussain; and Seabrook Crisps’ Kevin Butterworth

Bradford's unique bid included the creation of a limited edition curry flavoured crisp, developed by local company Seabrook and Bradford restaurant Akbar's, as well as a Poppadomathon.

The team in charge of this year’s bid included other restaurants such as Aagrah,
Kiplings, Omar's, Shimla Spice and Zouk's. Faisal Hussain, manager of Shimla Spice,
Shipley, explained how Bradford’s love for curry has helped the city become a leader
in the field.

“Bradford is the Premier League for curries,” he said. “There are so many fantastic restaurants in the city that we certainly deserved to be recognised as
Britain’s ‘Curry Capital’.

“For this year’s bid, we put together an expert team and have worked extremely
hard to retain the title by doing things such as the curry flavoured crisps.

“To win the title just once is a real honour, but to now be named champions a
record three times in a row, it is unbelievable and fantastic for Bradford.”
Bradford already hosts the annual World Curry Festival and this latest accolade
reaffirms the cities position at the top of the curry industry.

Bradford Council's Executive Member for Employment, Skills and Culture
Councillor, Susan Hinchcliffe, said she was delighted to see the title return ‘home’.

“It just shows we're unbeatable as a city,” she said, “I want to thank our superb
restaurants, the Bradford tourism team and of course Seabrooks crisps for making
the bid that extra bit special this year. They have all contributed to this wonderful