Five Rivers rated First Class at Hello Curry competition


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.

Further comments from judges
“The dishes we ate showed the depth of quality and immense range of styles available at this area's curry houses. There were authentic, quite simple dishes and others that can only be classed as fine dining. But they all shared in common one thing - they were great to eat. It was a joy to judge from start to finish. I don't think there can be any doubt that Birmingham is the curry capital of Britain.”
Paul Fulford, food critic at Birmingham Mail

“It was a privilege to be part of the finale. The competition was fierce and it was such a difficult decision. All of the finalists did a wonderful job. However in the end all of the judges decided that the dish that made it through was delicious, elegant simple yet very effective. It ticked all of the boxes. It had all of the right ingredients to represent Birmingham around the world. I cannot wait to sit in Abu Dhabi trying it out.”
Arshia Riaz, presenter of Midlands Masala on BBC Radio WM

“Congratulations to Five Rivers A La Carte on its recent win at the Hello Curry competition. The restaurant¹s delicious Saag Punjabi certainly ticked all the right boxes, and fended off some fierce competition in the process. The simple dish was beautifully presented and tasted heavenly, achieving a perfect balance of heat and spice.”
Davina Evans, Editor of What’s On magazine



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