Events for 2015
of the World
Poppadom Tower &
Speed Eating Challenge
Capital of Britain
Curry Week News Updates
THE POPPADOM SPEED EATING CHALLENGE
Everyone assumes it is easy to eat
a poppadom quickly and yet it would surprise many to know thatthe
record for the number eaten in 1 minute is 3 set by Perry Hughes and
his friend in 2009 and the record for number eaten in 5 minutes is 15
set by Tim Stobbs in 2006 who was immediately sick afterwards.
We are now challenging
restaurants and clubs or private groups to challenge the records to
raise money for charity and have some fun. The poppadoms must be
regulation restaurant size and must be consumed entirely with missing
any broken pieces. Each completed poppadom counts. To record a score
you must have a photo (or video) record and an independent timer and
judge to comfirm the result with name and email contact.
All efforts will be recorded by
National Curry Week (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and the idea is that at least 50% of the cost of each poppadom goes
to The Curry Tree for charity(details on the Contacts page). There
will be a national record but why not have your own club or
restaurant record or even city, town or region? Have fun.
70 customers at Aakash in
Cleckheaton set a new world record in September 2014 eating 141
poppadoms in 1 minute.
WORLD POPPADOM TOWER CHALLENGE
Can you beat
the present world records?
: The Tower must be on a plate or similar no bigger than 10" in
diameter and be completely unsupported when completed for at least 10
seconds. The poppadoms must be cooked.
: The completed Tower must be moved, unsupported to another surface
(table or other) at least 4 feet away and remain standing unsupported
for 10 seconds.
Attempts must be
overseen by two independent judges (i.e. not involved in the attempt
or restaurant staff) who must confirm the number achieved and
photographic evidence must be supplied of the attempt and result. The
judges only need to confirm that the number of poppadums in the tower
is as claimed - that it has stood free-standing for at least 10 secs
(i.e. no suport either hand or artificial) and that no other elements
are in the tower (glue, spike, string etc).
Guinness World Records
: A record, officially recognised by Guinness, at 1.48m (4 ft 10 in)
set by Nahim Aslam and Fayaz Aslam, at the Indian Ocean Restaurant,
Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire on 9 October 2007 and the new version
from owner Arfan Razak of Curry Lounge, Nottingham (also known as
Raz) and his team of chefs of a poppadom tower that measured 1.51m
(4ft 11.4ins) These are not recognised by National Curry Week
as they were not under the above strict rules and recorded tower
height not number of poppadoms and allows for poppadoms to be stacked
on top of each other but does not specify a tower so some attempts
have firmed up the base by using a pyramid shape which is againbst
our rules. For 2011 onwards it has been agreed with GWR to supply
them with any new National Curry Week World Poppadom Tower Record details.
STOP PRESS - It looks as though it's a new
record in National Curry Week by Tipu Rahman, from Tamarind in
Northampton - an amazinmg 1280 poppadoms measuring 5' 8" subject
to ratification on 11 October. Judges included Northampton local
Councillor Danielle Stone, Northampton Chronicle and Echo Editor
Daniel Owens, Mitsubishi Sales Manager James Booth and Managing
Director of B & H Building and Contractors Ltd Bobby Singh, who
was the technical witness to the attempt.
2011 The Home, Hipperholme
Staff at The Home
Indian Restaurant in Denholme Gate Road, Hipperholme, tried to beat
the existing world record for a freestanding tower of the Indian
savouries, which is 4ft 10in tall – made up of a whopping 1,075
poppadoms. Two independent judges watched with tape measures at the
ready for the event, part of National Curry Week.
But it was not to be.
Owner Saj Hussain
watched nervously as the poppadoms – made from flour, oil and
spices– were piled on top of each other by Shakeel Hussain and
head chef Sajid Ayub. But despite their best efforts, they came
tumbling down. They had spent hours the night before practising and
had built it to 5ft 3in. That time they had used a flat plate as
their base but for their record attempt made the mistake of using a
domed one.The team spent more than 15 hours creating 1.500 poppadoms
for the challenge.
weren’t disheartened and said they wanted to go on and try
another record. They think they have one of the speediest chappati
makers in the world, and are planning on putting him to the test to
claim another record.
challenge was raising money for The Curry Tree project and Saj and
the team are still accepting donations for the charity to alleviate
malnutrition in the world.
2011 RECORD -
Indian Ocean, Ashton Under Lyne
witnesses were Cllr Bill Harrison for Tameside Council and Jon
Howarth, Managing Director of local business, City Accident Response
in Ashton-under-Lyne. The tower containing 1075 poppadoms was
built in March by members of the Indian Ocean kitchen staff, namely
executive chef Sheikh Kamran and chefs Jobed Miah and Abdul Islam.
This has been put forward as a Guinness World Record.
2010 No new record
2009 RECORD -
Poppadom Express, Southampton (Current World Record holder)
Aazaz Khan and his
Poppadom Express in Southampton broke his own 2007 record and the
2008 record with a whopping 450 in a friendly challenge
covered by the Daily Echo.
2008 RECORD - Kasi
Shanmugas - Ex Chef Khagaraj Kandel - Jali Head Chef Kuldeep Panchal
- Jali 2nd Chef Sanjeev Nanda - Chef de Partie Surendra Achariya -
The team at the
Jali Restaurant at the Carlton Best Western Hotel, Blackpool smashed
the Static World Record with 282 and Moveable World Record
The team hold
their breath as the Tower stands "static" for the requisite
Smith, Mayor of Blackpool and Julia Massey signed written statements
confirming the new records and adherence to the rules
in Southampton under Aazaz Khan smashed the existing World Record
with 230 under the scrutiny of local newspaper The Daily Echo.
NO NEW RECORD IN 2006
Poppadom Tower world record was smashed at Spice Lounge in Milton
Keynes on Friday 21 October 2005 when customers Bali Kaur, Debbie
Holmes, Suzanne Wiles, Sharon Moutton helped owner Anfor Farooque to
a new record of 160 with £258 raised.
Matt Robinson at
Twickenham Tandoori was the Poppadum King in 2004 and the first
holder of the World Poppadom Tower record with a massive 152
crispy nibbles to claim the current static and moveable record. Could
it be beaten in 2005?
2013 - Federation of Specialist Restaurants