Twenty years ago, Curry Life Media established a publication as a voice for the British curry industry, one that at that time was one of the most significant contributors from the hospitality sector to the UK economy. Fast forward to 2023, and the British curry sector plays a prominent role in the UK’s culture, society and economy.
However, the original concept of Curry Life has changed dramatically over the years. Here at Curry Life Media, we are so proud to celebrate not just our 20th anniversary, but also the 100th edition of Curry Life magazine. The original concept was a bilingual newsletter for curry chefs; following a couple of issues and feedback, we developed a magazine for restaurateurs and the industry, and we have not looked back since.
In the last 20 years, the industry has enjoyed many successful moments, but it has also been through some tough times, the last couple of years being no exception. Throughout the good and the bad times, we have published interviews with many of the industry’s leading lights and curry legends, showcased new and established restaurants, and profiled some of the industry’s most talented chefs. More importantly, we have highlighted the most pressing issues facing curry houses, written about the challenges and opportunities facing the curry sector and lobbied the government for support.
And it’s not just the publication that we are celebrating. Over the years, we have established many other initiatives, including our Curry Life Chef Awards, which later became the Curry Life Awards. This year, we will be hosting our 14th edition of the Awards, which, like the publication, have gone from strength to strength.
Syed Nahas Pasha, Curry Life editor-in-chief, said: “Curry Life has been promoting British Curry for the last 20 years, and our Curry Life Chef Awards is the only event in the industry to promote curry chefs and British Curry on an international stage. Our British Curry Festival is a fantastic event that showcases British Curry overseas, with our most recent one hosted in Bangladesh in 2022. We are thrilled to have published our 100th edition in our 20th anniversary year, and we have much more to celebrate this year, so watch this space!”.
Our readership is vast and growing all the time and includes restaurateurs, chefs, industry associations, journalists, politicians and people in the hospitality sector. So on the occasion of our 20th anniversary and our 100th edition, Curry Life Media would like to extend a massive thank you to all our readers, advertisers, contributors and those in the industry who have supported us over the years. In particular, we would like to thank our generous sponsors and advertisers Just Eat, Cobra Beer, Kingfisher, Bangla Beer and all those who have been with our journey over the last two decades.