Bradford Council’s Catering Team at the World Curry Festival


Staff from Bradford Council’s in-house catering service (Facilities Management) played a key role at this year’s World Curry Festival. The team not only helped to deliver the festival’s opening gala dinner, but also held cookery classes for children at the festival’s opening weekend, hosted a masterclass for spectators, and exhibited a new Street Food range.

The in-house catering service’s headquarters at Laisterdyke feature a large central production unit, where FM Staff produce thousands of meals per day for school children across the district. It was from here that the Grand Master Chef Hemant Oberoi and his team produced the meal for festival’s opening gala dinner, which took place at Bradford Cathedral on Thursday 15 September.

FM staff provided the logistical support to get the banquet to the venue and other additional support to chef Oberoi’s team.
Meanwhile, volunteers from FM catering joined the exhibitors at the World Curry Festival’s street food market on Broadway, Bradford where they showcased some of the delicious produce from the new Street Food range designed by FM for the secondary schools market.

FM staff also ran cookery classes for children and held a ‘school dinners’ masterclass at the festival’s opening weekend at Kala Sangam Arts Centre, Bradford.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, said: “I know how hard our school catering staff work to provide local school children with high-quality, healthy meals. So I’d like to thank them for the enthusiasm they have shown in supporting the World Curry Festival, and helping to ensure that it is a great success, as befits such an event being hosted in the city that has been crowned the curry capital of Britain for a record five times in a row.”

Zulfi Karim, Founder of the festival said, “In recognition of the valuable input from the FM catering service, we were delighted to organise a special masterclass with the Grand Master Chef Hemant Oberoi, and TV celebrity Chef Amir Iqbal from Karachi, Pakistan for FM catering staff from schools and the Laisterdyke CPU itself.”

FM Catering Services are running a “Create A Curry” competition for schools, where the winning dish could appear on schools menus across the district. Entry forms are available to download here or from the school kitchen of participating schools.