Wednesday 1st December is British Curry Day which celebrates the exceptional role that restaurant owners and chefs, with their origins in the Indian sub-continent, play to our country. British Curry Day encourages spice fanatics to eat out, order a takeaway, or simply host a dinner party (it could even be virtual!), to promote the Asian-British hospitality industry and its supply chain.
The aim of this day is to raise much-needed funds for good causes, locally and abroad, while having a great time, in good company and enjoying an array of delectable dishes.
We should also take this day to commemorate the early ‘curry pioneers’, who came to Britain in the 1960s and ‘70s and created the unique fusion that is the great British curry. Unfortunately, we have lost many of the country’s first curry restaurateurs - those elderly with underlying health issues - to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These workers came to a foreign land at the invitation of the British Government and, through their own labour and commitment to work long hours, created a very special industry which is now an integral part of British society. We salute them.
In honour of British Curry Day, the team held a virtual lunch on Monday to show off their curry delights – dishes included rajma, keema pau, rogan josh and the British classic, chicken tikka masala!