Chefs right across Wales are getting ready to seduce senses, tantalise taste buds and pamper palates in their quest to become the Welsh Curry House of the Year for 2012. The search has began to see who will pick up the coveted award, which is now in its 6th year, and there are over 208 Indian restaurants eligible to enter across Wales. So when you are on a UK family holiday why not pop along and have a meal in one of them.
Berwyn Rowlands is from the Festivals Company, who founded the competition, has said that they can’t believe that this is the 6th year for the competition, as it feels like only yesterday since they began their exciting voyage of discovery to find which were the lest curry houses in Wales, and this years contest was even more thrilling as they were also confirming details for the largest ever curry festival to held in Wales.
The 2012 competition will also incorporate Wales’ Largest Curry Festival, a must do for your UK family holiday, with all 30 short-listed restaurants taking part. The festival which runs for 5 weeks starting on 20 February will combine the nation’s love of curry with locally sourced Welsh produce. Welsh Lamb will be a key ingredient during the festival as each restaurant will offer their take on a delicious new curry.
“This is a great way for the public – we received over 11,000 votes last year – to get more involved with the competition by tasting some great food – a fusion of Indian cooking and Welsh ingredients. It is also a fantastic opportunity for the very best chefs to demonstrate how they can take the best we have in Wales and combine them with the best in Indian cuisine,” added Berwyn Rowlands.
Between now and 31 January 2012 diners will be able to cast their votes to decide the top restaurants from each of the three regions by visiting www.welshcurryhouse.co.uk. The 30 short-listed restaurants will be announced on Thursday 16 February 2012.
Over the following five weeks nthe independent regional judges will visit each of the 30 short-listed restaurants. The top three restaurants in Wales, one from each region, will be announced on Monday 26 March 2012.
The national judges will spend a full day visiting all three restaurants competing in the final. During the visit each restaurant will be invited to impress the judges with one of their signature dishes, available from the public menu.