We are a nation obsessed with curry. So much so that we have an annual, week-long celebration dedicated to its very existence. But whilst National Curry Week demonstrates our current fixation on all things spice, our love affair with Asian cuisine actually began over 200 years ago.
In 1809, diners at the Hindustanee Coffee House in London were first introduced to spicy meats and vegetables, simple examples of cooking techniques found on the Indian sub-continent. Today, Indian restaurants and takeaways are a familiar sight on most High Streets across the country and you don’t have to travel far to tickle your taste-buds with delicious Asian delicacies, from mouth-watering masala dosas to tasty tikkas.
Here in Leicester, we’re spoilt for choice. A city with a rich multicultural heritage, we are also a city with a growing reputation for amazing food, and our curry scene is no exception. In honour of our well-deserved status as one of the UK’s curry capitals, Pukaar News presents the Leicester Curry Awards.
Alongside our sister company, Pukaar Magazine, we have a commitment to highlighting the vibrant culture of Leicester in all its diversity. We cover stories online, work with regional and national broadcasters and publish a quarterly magazine that celebrates the city’s success stories. Over the past ten years we’ve seen an explosion of curry houses around us and feel it’s now time to shine the spotlight on culinary excellence, recognising our enviable food scene and the hard work and commitment of Leicester’s respected restaurateurs.
With a shortlist of 35 finalists compiled from public nominations, our expert panel of mystery judges will pick the winners and runners-up across each of the seven categories. Winners will be announced at our gastronomically spectacular awards ceremony on 20th April 2020 at Athena.
Leicester Curry Awards process:
1. Public nominate their favourite restaurant or takeaway online.
2. Votes by the public are counted and a top 10 shortlist for each category is compiled.
3. Top 5 restaurants/takeaways in each category revealed on BBC Radio Leicester.
4. Mystery judges will be assigned a number of the Top 5 restaurants/takeaways in each category to judge against a strict criteria.
5. Winners and Runners Up revealed on 20th April 2020 at the awards ceremony.
In order to participate, all restaurants and takeaways nominated must have a hygiene rating of 3+.
On behalf of Pukaar News and Pukaar Magazine, happy dining!
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