TAMESIDE’S three MPs are hoping a local restaurant will curry favour with the judges of a national competition designed to find ‘the best’ South Asian restaurant in Britain.
Every year the Tiffin Club of MPs awards the Tiffin Cup to ‘the best’ South Asian restaurant in Britain.
The competition is based on nominations made by MPs from across the country. And Tameside’s three MPs are determined that at least one of the restaurants from the region is in the running for the top prize.
But rather than nominate their own favourites, Jonathan Reynolds (MP for Stalybridge and Hyde), Andrew Gwynne (MP for Denton and Reddish) and David Heyes (MP for Ashton-under-Lyne) want constituents to have their say.
They are appealing to local residents to let them know about their own favourite South Asian restaurant. And then the nominees will be put to the public vote, at www.jonathanreynolds.org.uk
Whichever restaurant receives the most votes from each of the three constituencies will then become nominees for the Tiffin Cup.
In an appeal for nominations, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: “I am a regular visitor to the Bowerfold Spice restaurant in Stalybridge.
“I know that every time I go there, I am sure of a warm welcome and great food. And I would gladly nominate them for this competition.
“But I know there are many other South Asian restaurants in our area – and I want to hear about your favourites too.
“I am appealing to people from Stalybridge and Hyde – and across Tameside - to nominate their favourite restaurants.
“Once nominations are in, we’ll feature details of each of the restaurants on the website. And whichever restaurants receive the most votes will be the ones we nominate for the Tiffin Cup. Then they will compete against restaurants from across the country.”
Ashton-under-Lyne MP David Heyes is appealing for nominations for restaurants across Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth.
He said: “There are lots of great curry restaurants in our area and everyone has their favourite so I’m asking all the curry lovers out there to nominate their favourite restaurant.”
And Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne said: “Denton and Reddish has some of the best South Asian restaurants in Greater Manchester so I am sure there will be plenty of nominations.
“Let's put our name on the map by choosing an award winning South Asian restaurant.”
The Tiffin Club of MPs was formed in 2006 and brings together MPs from all political parties.
The co-chairs – Michael Fabricant, Martin Harwood and the Rt Hon Keith Vaz – say the idea behind the competition is twofold; to celebrate South Asian cuisine and to support a leading charity, which this year will be World Vision.
In a joint statement the co-chairs said: “After the overwhelming success of last year’s competition we are looking forward to another chance to sample some of the best offerings of South Asian food in Britain.
“At the same time we also hope to encourage some healthy competition amongst MPs from all parties, all while raising money for a worthy charity.”
To nominate your favourite South Asian restaurant click here or send your name, address, contact number and up to 200 words outlining why you think your favourite restaurant stands out from the rest to Jonathan Reynolds MP, “Tiffin Cup Nomination”, The Constituency Office, Hyde Town Hall, Market Street, Hyde, SK14 1AL.
Nominations close on Thursday July 15, 2010. Voting will run from July 19 to July 26.
Published July 1, 2010