Chefs across Wales are preparing to compete for the honour of becoming the Welsh Curry House of the Year 2012.
The search has begun to see who will win the coveted award, now in its sixth year, with more than 280 Indian restaurants in Wales eligible to compete.
The 2012 competition will also incorporate Wales’ Largest Curry Festival, with all 30 short-listed restaurants taking part.
The festival, which runs for five weeks from 20th February, will combine the nation’s love of curry with locally sourced Welsh produce. Welsh Lamb will be a key ingredient during the festival as each restaurant will offer their take on a delicious new curry.
“This is a great way for the public – we received over 11,000 votes last year – to get more involved with the competition by tasting some great food – a fusion of Indian cooking and Welsh ingredients,” said Berwyn Rowlands from The Festivals Company, the founders of the competition.
“It is also a fantastic opportunity for the very best chefs to demonstrate how they can take the best we have in Wales and combine them with the best in Indian cuisine.”
Independent regional judges will visit each of the 30 short-listed restaurants. The top three restaurants in Wales, one from each region, will be announced on 26th March.
The national judges will spend a full day visiting all three restaurants competing in the final. During the visit each restaurant will be invited to impress the judges with one of their signature dishes, available from the public menu.