BRITISH CURRY AWARDS 2019: Mumtaz named best spice restaurant in the region
A BRADFORD curry house has been named the best in the region at the British Curry Awards – for the second year in a row.
Mumtaz, on Great Horton Road, once again won the North East’s Best Spice Restaurant at the prestigious British Curry Awards.
The restaurant was opposed to Aagrah Midpoint for the price, but it was Mumtaz who triumphed in the ceremony, which was held in London recently.
The awards, known as Industry Oscars, are in their 15th year and begin each year with a nationwide nomination process.
This allows diners to name their favorite curry houses and takeaways, which are then reviewed by an independent jury.
The founder of the British Curry Awards, Enam Ali, has promoted the British curry industry to the world for 40 years. Speaking at the awards ceremony, he said: “British curry has spread around the world and we are very proud to be able to recognize this talent and success through the British Curry Awards.
“We are considered the Oscars of the curry industry, but with that status comes responsibility. The British Curry Awards are your campaign organization.
“We are a £ 4.5bn success story, but our curry restaurants are closing at the rate of two or three a day. But that has changed and that is thanks to all the media and politicians who have supported our campaign throughout the year.
“For a year we have been pushing for smarter and more flexible immigration rules to address the skills crisis in our industry. And finally, the government has listened and acted and we are seeing the result now.
“This month the first ‘vindaloo visa’ was granted. So we have reached the political consensus that will benefit all restaurateurs, customers and especially all of you my friends who have joined us tonight. Let us all enjoy this political success. this evening .
“These awards are not just glitz and glamor, they are awards uniting the UK curry industry.”
The company, which has a restaurant in Leeds as well as Bradford, is headquartered in Bradford and offers a range of ready meals stocked at Asda, Co-op, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.
It started life as a street stall in 1979 and over the past 40 years has grown from stall to restaurant to one of the UK’s largest suppliers of ethnic food.
Mumtaz was thrilled to win the award last year, with director Maryam Mumtaz recounting the company’s journey at the time:
“There have been ups and downs along the way but the result has been good and we have given back a lot to Bradford, we have put Bradford on the map and represent Yorkshire.
“The industry has changed a lot, but we have adapted and made changes to the menu ourselves. It all comes down to good customer service. ”