World Famous Chefs Appearing at the Festival

Our aim is to bring you curry from across the globe – not just the UK and the Indian subcontinent. Many of our chefs have travelled from far and wide to be with us this year, including from Pakistan, Malaysia, India and South America. Here’s who will be appearing at the World Curry Festival 2016:



Grand Master Chef Hemant Oberoi

Chef Oberoi’s culinary delights have been savoured by the rich and famous of all over the world. He is renowned for his attention to detail and for refashioning ancient recipes for the modern day. He promotes the use of local produce and masalas. Black pepper is his staple ingredient.

Chef Oberoi is an ambassador of the World Curry Festival. He will be overseeing the meal at the opening Gala Dinner at Bradford Cathedral on Thursday 15 September and the VIP hospitality event at Bradford City Football Club on Saturday 17 September.



Stephanie Moon

Stephanie is a recognised figure on the Yorkshire food scene and has many accolades to her name. She loves to cook local seasonal food, and experiment with ingredients from further afield. Above all she believes that food should make you happy, leave you satisfied and stimulate conversation.

Stephanie Moon is an ambassador of the World Curry Festival. She will be working with Chef Oberoi to create the meal at the opening Gala Dinner at Bradford Cathedral on Thursday 15 September. Steph is also hosting a Cooking School at the Printworks Campus, Leeds City College on Saturday 24 September as part of festival celebrations.



Rahila Hussain

Rahila Hussain is the first-ever winner of the TV show Food Glorious Food. Inspired by her parents, she has been cooking since she was very young. She loves all foods, but in particular Pakistani ancestral food. Rahila has travelled to all corners of Pakistan seeking out recipes and stories.

Rahila will be teaching classes at the Cooking School during the World Curry Festival’s Opening Weekender in Bradford on Saturday 17 September and Sunday 18 September.


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Hardeep Singh Kohli

Celebrated broadcaster, raconteur and talented chef, Hardeep has made an impressive array of appearances on popular shows such as The One Show, BBC’s Question Time, This Week with Andrew Neil, and Radio Four. His love of good food combined with a healthy mix of laughter on Celebrity Masterchef gained him the runner-up position and an influx of foodie fans.

Hardeep is an ambassador of the World Curry Festival. As well as hosting the opening Gala Dinner at Bradford Cathedral on Thursday 15 September, he is appearing at a special Comedy & Curry night at Kala Sangam Arts Centre on Saturday 17 September, and be holding masterclasses as part of the festival’s opening weekender in Bradford.




Amir Iqbal

Talented Pakistani chef Amir Iqbal – also known as the ‘singing chef’ due to his tendency to break out in song while cooking, is perhaps best known for his role as a celebrity television chef. He regularly appears on the Zaiqedaar programme on Zaiqa TV, where he is the host chef. Amir, who has appeared at the World Curry Festival in the UK and Malaysia, was recently voted the greatest chef in Pakistan.


Amir will be appearing at the festival’s Opening Weekender in Bradford between Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September. He’ll also be involved in pop-up cookery demonstrations throughout the festival.



Pearly Kee

Pearly Kee is a fifth-generation Penang Nyonya, and a popular food ambassador for Penang. Her authentic Nyonya cooking classes have attracted students from all over the world including, celebrity chefs, professionals and true foodies drawn by her cheeky, feisty style. In addition to her popular cooking classes, Pearly regularly travels around the world in her role as Nyonya food consultant to various restaurants and hotels.


Pearly Kee will be delivering masterclasses on Saturday and Sunday at the festival’s Opening Weekender in Bradford between Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September.



Ken Hom OBE

Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest authorities on Asian cooking, Ken Hom has had a huge impact on the introduction and the demystification of Chinese and Asian cooking in the UK. In 2009, he was awarded with an honorary OBE for ‘services to culinary arts’. Ken recently opened a 92-seat MEE restaurant in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which became one of the first restaurants in Brazil to receive a Michelin star.


Ken will be appearing at the festival on Thursday 29 September at a grand finale event – An Audience with Ken Hom where he will deliver a series of masterclasses and seminars on the culinary art of Asian cuisine.