for Success' 2014
"It gives me great pleasure to know that National Curry Week continues to promote our nation's favourite food whilst raising money for charity. Britain just wouldn't be the same without the colour and vibrancy of Asian restaurants up and down the country. Let's celebrate the immense contribution of the Asian Cuisine industry to our country's economy and culture. We support the sector to ensure that Britain remains one of the best places in the world for our aspiring chefs to train." The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
"We fully support the restaurant sector in London. Quite apart from the employment the sector provides and the economic boost it brings to London, the amazing range of delicious curries that can be enjoyed across the capital is one of the things that makes London one of the greatest cities in the world. We wish you every success with the week of events. It sounds wonderful" Mark Ainsbury for Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
National Curry Week was started in 1998 to promote the cuisine and to raise funds for charities concentrating on hunger, malnourishment and poverty. During the week, curry lovers can get out and visit their local curry houses, some of which will be staging special events and fun challenges.
3 ways for curry lovers to support for National Curry Week 2014
Now in its 17th year, National Curry Week 2014 again invites not only curry restaurants, caterers, pubs, canteens etc, all over Britain but also the curry loving public who wish to dine at home with a takeaway or a prepared meal. We invite both the dine in and dine out sectors to celebrate the cuisine and culture with special dinners, record-breaking attempts, raffles, auctions and, where possible, to contribute to the alleviation of poverty and suffering in South Asia and worldwide particularly Water Projects with 1.4 million children dying from water-related diseases every year. (register free now) and the Find Your Feet Charity helping families build a future free from poverty and Action Against Hunger (special hungryhouse donation). Donations were also made to other charities such as ABF The Soldiers Charity by The Maypole Inn, Taunton, the Sue Ryder Charity from Chak 89 in Mitcham, Katharine House Hospice from Bengal Spice in Deddington and Sightsavers Charity from Tamarind Northampton. .
For 2012 we pushed out the boundaries again as we focused on the "Currification of the World" including restaurants and cuisines that may not be from the sub-continent but have celebrated the curry concept.
All we ask restaurants to do is celebrate the week in which we acknowledge curry in Britain each year and, if possible, set aside a special evening where the proceeds go to The Curry Tree Charitable Fund which, last year, focused on Action Against Hunger and Find Your Feet Charity.
Talk Sport Radio talks to National Curry Week founder Peter Grove - click here to listen to the full interview.
2010/11/12/13 events and title winners...
National Curry Week 2012 was more exciting than ever - find out who the special event winners were
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In 1809 Sake Dean Mohamet from Bihar in India opened the first Indian restaurant in Britain at 34 George Street, Portman Square in London's West End. 200 years later curry is claimed to be Britain's 'National Dish'.