Staff from Bradford Council’s in-house catering service (Facilities Management) will be swinging into action in support of the World Curry Festival, which is taking place in locations in Bradford and Leeds from 15 – 29 September.
The service’s headquarters at Laisterdyke feature a large central production unit, where FM Staff produce thousands of meals per day for school children across the district.
But this week, it is the internationally renowned Grand Master Chef Hemant Oberoi and his specialist support team that will be using the facilities to produce the festival’s opening gala dinner. The gala dinner is a black tie event taking place at Bradford Cathedral on Thursday 15 September, with a banquet themed around the “Great British Curry” to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
FM staff will provide the logistical support to get the banquet to the venue and other additional support to chef Oberoi’s team.
There will be an exciting array of dishes available to buy from the many food vendors lining Broadway on the opening weekend of the festival. Among them will be delicious examples from a new Street Food range that has been specifically designed by FM for the secondary schools market, which will be served up by more volunteers from FM catering on these days.
And it doesn’t end there, as FM staff will be supporting the cookery classes for children taking place at Kala Sangam Arts Centre as part of the Festival’s opening weekend over the 17-18 September. They have also organised a “Create A Curry” competition for schools, where the winning dish could appear on schools menus across the district.
In recognition of the valuable input from the FM catering service, Chef and TV celebrity Amir Iqbal from Karachi in Pakistan will be delivering Masterclass training sessions specifically for the benefit of FM catering staff from both schools and from the Laisterdyke CPU itself.
Commenting on this activity, Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, said: “I know how hard our school catering staff work to provide local school children with high-quality, healthy meals. So I’d like to thank them for the enthusiasm they have shown in supporting the World Curry Festival, and helping to ensure that it is a great success, as befits such an event being hosted in the city that has been crowned the curry capital of Britain for a record five times in a row.
The World Curry Festival is a vibrant, fun and fresh event that brings people together in celebration of their love of food, culture and entertainment. Traditionally held over a long weekend, the event has attracted a huge following since it was first established in Leeds in 2010. The festival now takes place in Yorkshire and Malaysia each year.
A full programme of events is available online at www.worldcurryfestival.com