At the British Curry Awards this week more than 40,000 nominations poured in from fans. (Among the winners, Karma, in Whitburn, for Best Spice Restaurant Scotland, and Shampan 4 at the Spinning Wheel, in Westerham, Kent, for Best Newcomer.) Prime Minister David Cameron took the stage between choreographed dance sequences and declared the foreign dish now central to British identity: “To all those who think being British depends on your skin color, wake up and smell the curry!”
I read Huma Yusof’s New York Times piece, ‘The Threat to British Curry‘, with great interest. Writing about Britain’s curry crisis, she concludes that it ‘says more about the country’s prejudices than its palate’. Other than prejudices, I find that her article brings to light intriguing issues of identity, culture, authenticity, nationhood, politics, race and class – a whole gamut! Truly, food for thought.