Published On: Fri, Jun 20th, 2014 on 7:43 pm

Bradford lives up to Curry Capital status with 5th World Curry Festival

World Curry Festival Bradford

U.S. Ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun and chef Anita Jaisinghani

World Curry Festival Bradford

Hasan's serves up seekh kebabs in City Park

World Curry Festival Bradford

Building a poppadom tower

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Master chef demonstrations, curry bazaars and poppadom towers are tingling taste buds in this year’s three-day World Curry Festival.

Now in its fifth year, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun and Texan chef Anita Jaisinghani opened up the festival with live demonstrations inside the festival’s Curry Theatre.

Hundreds flocked to see international chefs serve up dishes as renowned eateries and brands took space around City Park including Aagrah, East End, Tilda, Hasan’s, Zaara’s, Zouk, and Kukoos.

Founder of the World Curry Festival, Zulfi Karim, told the Yorkshire Standard: “We’ve taken the best elements from previous festivals and combined them in a spectacular programme, which offers something for everyone.

“We’ve been celebrating the wonders of curry with master chefs from around the world, through poetry and drama, and by involving young people in the Junior Curry Chef competition.”

Visitors also had the chance to take part in a poppadom tower competition, and vote for their favourite restaurant ahead of this year’s Curry Capital bid.

Patricia Tillotson, Bradford Council’s tourism manager, said: “This year’s Curry Capital bid will be difficult, but no one other than Bradford has won three times in a row. So we’re encouraging people to get behind the city and vote.”

The World Curry Festival will see live cooking demonstrations taking place across the weekend from Food Glorious Food TV winner Rahila Hussain, two-star Michelin trained chef Benson-Smith, and Indian grandmaster chef Hemant Oberoi.

This year’s festival has even published its first-ever newspaper named the ‘Curry Chronicle’.

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