- Bradford is famous for being home to some of the best curry houses in the UK including Mumtaz, Akbar’s, Prashad’s and ZOUK.
- Bradford’s International Food Academy and Food Ministry are renowned for teaching the city’s residents how to cook quick, simple, healthy and cost-effective meals.
- Bradford was crowned the UK curry capital in 2004 and 2011.
- Wolverhampton was granted city status in 2000, making it one of three ‘Millennium Cities’.
- People from Wolverhampton are colloquially known as ‘Yam Yams’.
- Wolverhampton is home to a large proportion of the Sikh community, who settled there during the period 1940 to 1970 from the Indian state of Punjab.
- Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the seat of the Scottish Parliament.
- Edinburgh attracts over 1 million overseas visitors a year, making it the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom
- The Edinburgh Mela is an festival that celebrates Edinburgh communities and makes a statement about the multi-cultural nature of Scottish identity.
- Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city with over 1 million inhabitants.
- It is an ethnically and culturally diverse city with the Asian community making up 19.5% of the city’s population.
- The Balti, a British-style curry that is served in a thin, pressed steel wok-like ‘balti bowl’ is said to have been invented in Birmingham. The ‘Balti Triangle’ is an area of Birmingham that contains a high concentration of Balti restaurants in the city.
- Birmingham was crowned curry capital of Britain in 2005.
- Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom.
- Many of the city’s cultural sites were celebrated in 1990 when Glasgow was designated European City of Culture
- Glasgow won the Curry Capital of Britain title in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2010
- Leicester holds the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India, with over 35,000 people attending.
- Melton Road in Leicester is the focus of the multi-faith community in with many Hindu, Sikh and Muslim places of worship as well as numerous Asian restuarants and businesses.
- The company Walker’s Crisps is based in Leicester and produces over 10 million bags of crisps a day from their Leicester factories.
In order to learn a little more about each city’s bid we at hungryhouse decided to go straight to the sauce (pun intended) and hear from the Council of each competing city about why their particular city deserves to be crowned as Curry Kings in year’s competition. To read the interviews and profiles of each city then use the navigation menu at the top of the page.