Over 7,000 nominations were received for the third annual English Curry Awards that were presented on 2nd September 2013, at the Salford City Stadium.
The assembled audience enjoyed a sumptuous meal along with humour and a touch of Bollywood entertainment.
There was great excitement and anticipation about who was going to receive the awards and the results are shown below
|Chef of the Year||Stephen Gomes (Meluha, Bristol)|
|Restaurant of the Year||Shimla Spice (Shipley)|
|Takeaway of the Year||My Lahore Deli (Leeds)|
|Team of the Year||Lal Qila (Manchester)|
|Best Restaurant Design||Rajdoot Tandoori (Birmingham)|
|The Best of Manchester||Akbar’s|
|Caterer of the Year||Payal Event Management & Catering|
|Curry Lover of the Year||Visit Bradford|
|Curry King or Queen of the Year||Frank Khalid (Chak 98, Mitcham)|
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Pat Chapman|
|Maitre D’ of the Year||Azhar Mahmood (Aakash, Bradford)|
|Best Marketing Campaign||Akbar’s|
|Healthy Curry Provider||Zouk Tea Bar & Grill (Manchester)|
|Region||Restaurant of the Year||Takeaway of the Year|
|North East||Jashn Restaurant, Gateshead||ndian Cottage, Crook (Durham)|
|North West||Vatikka Restaurant, Merseyside||Sajaan, Manchester|
|Yorkshire||Shimla Spice, Shipley||My Lahore Deli, Leeds|
|East Midlands||Lime Restaurant, Nottingham||Spice Takeaway, Nottingham|
|West Midlands||Pabna Restaurant, Leek (Staffordshire)||Malik’s Indian Takeaway, Newcastle-Under-Lyme (Staffordshire)|
|East||Lalbagh Restaurant, Cambridge||Master Chef, Luton|
|London||Tayyab’s, Whitechapel||K2 Indian Takeaway, Wimbledon|
|South East||Jai Ho, Horley (Surrey)||Masala Bay, Herne Bay (Kent)|
|South West||The Eastern Eye, Bath||Bombay Balti, Bath|
Did you notice that the best restaurant and best takeaway winners are from Yorkshire? They sure love their curries in Yorkshire. Which is pretty much why Visit Bradford (Bradford Council’s tourism organisation) is the Curry Lover of the Year.
This year there were 3 winners in the best restaurant and best takeaway categories that also won last year. Lalbagh Restaurant (Cambridge), The Eastern Eye (Bath) and Spice Takeaway (Nottingham) have maintained their high standards.
The Lifetime Achiever Award went to Pat Chapman and this was a very popular result among the Curry Focus Team. All of us enjoy trying out his recipes and love his well-written cooking books.
As usual, the awards ceremony benefited a charity. This year over £2,000 was raised for the Well Foundation.