A Feast of Events as the World Curry Festival Opens in Bradford

World Curry Festival launch which took place at Kala Sangam and Bradford Cathedral, Bradford.

World Curry Festival launch which took place at Kala Sangam and Bradford Cathedral, Bradford.


From a glittering gala dinner to masterclasses with world famous chefs – the World Curry Festival got off to an amazing start at the weekend, following its official launch at Bradford Cathedral on Thursday.

Faith leaders, government chiefs, business executives, civic members and chefs were among the 250 people who attended the World Curry Festival’s seventh annual gala dinner at the historic Bradford Cathedral. Guests enjoyed a mouth-watering three course meal prepared under the expert eye of Grand Master Chef Hemant Oberoi – probably the most famous curry chef in the world.

The evening, which was hosted by the broadcaster and writer Hardeep Singh Kohli, also saw the introduction of the ‘Noon Award’ in honour of the late Lord Noon, a successful businessman who came to be known affectionately as the ‘curry king’. The award was presented to Lord Noon’s daughter, Zeenat Noon Harnal, by The Lord Patel of Bradford. In future years the award will be given to an individual who has shown talent in the curry industry.

Zulfi Karim, Founder of the World Curry Festival commented: “We’ve had a fantastic first weekend. From Indian fine dining to street food, from masterclasses to cooking classes, we’ve experienced it all. Our chefs have come from far and wide – Pearly Kee from Malaysia, Amir Iqbal from Pakistan and Chef Oberoi from India. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us including our main event partner for the weekend – Kala Sangam Arts Centre.”

Other events in Bradford over the last few days have included a special masterclass to mark the International Year of Pulses hosted by Jenny Chandler, The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation Special Ambassador for The Year of Pulses; Faith in Food at three different venues – Bradford Synagogue, Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara, and the Shree Lakshmi Narayan Temple; a Bollywood party at Mercedes-Benz of Bradford; a VIP hospitality event at Bradford City Football Club; and an evening of curry and comedy with Hardeep Singh Kohli.

Events still to come include:

A festival finale event dedicated to the legendary Chinese-American chef – Ken Hom OBE is taking place on Thursday 29 September. Tickets to this event are limited and by invitation only. To check on the possibility of a place email info@worldcurryfestival.com

The World Curry Festival is sponsored by Coca Cola Enterprises, Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Morrisons, Mercedes-Benz of Bradford, Manchester Airport and Turkish Airlines.