Indian restaurant Five Rivers win Hello Curry competition

18th July 2012

Five Rivers á La Carte restaurant have beaten off stiff competition to be named winners of the first Hello Curry competition by Birmingham Airport.

The competition saw a high number of entries from all around the city, with chefs taking on the challenge to develop a signature curry that signified the importance of the dish to the city’s personality and reputation. The winners were announced at Birmingham Chilli Festival on 13th July, one of the launch events for this year’s Birmingham Food Fest.

The team led by Head Chef Rashpal Sunner cooked a creamy Saag Punjabi served with Makhi di Roti (roti made with chickpea and maize flour) that was rated first class by the judges.

Shamim HM, Director of Marketing at Five Rivers á La Carte in Walsall said, “We are very proud to be representing Birmingham internationally and are delighted to have won this prestigious award. It’s a massive achievement for us as we have only been established for 6 months. We are looking forward to seeing the dish re-created internationally; our first stop is Abu Dhabi. This is definitely a milestone for us and I believe our journey shall now begin!”

Jo Lloyd, Marketing Director at Birmingham Airport, said “We’re delighted to name Five Rivers á La Carte restaurant as the winner of our Hello Curry competition. The team clearly went to a great deal of effort to produce this wonderful dish, which we will be proud to showcase around the world.

“Every restaurant that entered also deserves a special mention, for making this competition a great success. The standard throughout the entire process has been extremely high, bringing the very best out of Birmingham.”

Five Rivers á La Carte were among seven finalists who created a signature curry dish to represent Birmingham globally. Second place went to Lasan in St Paul’s Square and third place went to The Horseshoe Bar and Restaurant in Hall Green.

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services for Visit Birmingham, which manages Birmingham Food Fest, said “Birmingham is internationally renowned for its burgeoning culinary scene, talented chefs and diverse range of restaurants that cater to every taste.

“Restaurants such as Five Rivers demonstrate the phenomenal Indian cuisine found in Birmingham, for which the city is famed, and the high calibre of chefs to take part in the competition.

“Our foodie reputation is a huge attraction for the international traveller and we work closely with Birmingham Airport to promote the city as a must-see destination – the signature Birmingham curry is a great way to further showcase the fantastic culinary offering awaiting visitors to the city”.

Earlier this year, The New York Times named Birmingham number nineteen on its ‘Must-see Destinations of 2012′ shortlist due to the city’s culinary credentials and growing international reputation as a food haven.

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