The British Curry Awards, which have been running for 18 years, will no longer take place, with the Awards rebranded to a new platform called the British Curry Guide.
The decision to end the Awards scheme follows the passing of its founder, Enam Ali MBE, who died in July last year. The British Curry Guide aims to build on the legacy of the Awards, and says it will take a fresh approach to showcasing the best of British Indian cuisine.
A note on the British Curry Guide website said: “We are thrilled to continue the legacy of the British Curry Awards by creating a new chapter from our renowned brand. Our vision is to become the go-to resource for the nation’s diners, providing them with a comprehensive guide that goes beyond awards to offer a thoughtfully produced showcase to help curate a better dining experience, expert recommendations, and insightful content that celebrates the richness and diversity of this beloved cuisine.
“As we bid farewell to the British Curry Awards, we embark on an exciting new chapter with The British Curry Guide. We invite you to join us on this remarkable journey, as we continue to celebrate the passion, creativity, and culinary mastery of British Indian cuisine. Together, let us explore the flavours, traditions, and stories that make this cuisine a true reflection of our cultural heritage and gastronomic delight.”
The British Curry Guide will be ‘the definitive list of the most exceptional curry restaurants in Britain. Its website said: “It is a comprehensive resource that encompasses the rich tapestry of the UK curry industry, providing invaluable guidance, expert recommendations, and a platform for curry enthusiasts to explore, appreciate, and engage with the world of curry.”
The Guide will feature the views of ‘dining inspectors’, comprised of industry professionals with decades of experience, who will follow a meticulous thoughtfully created framework when evaluating the quality of an establishment nominated to enter the guide’.
The British Curry Awards was established by Ali in 2005. The last edition and event took place in November last year.