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Bradford starts bid to retain Curry Capital of Britain title

Image caption Bradford's curry restaurants are used as a training ground for aspiring chefs

Bradford has begun its bid to defend its title as Curry Capital of Britain for a second year running.

Officials said the accolade had brought money and tourism to the city since it was won last year.

Four Asian restaurants have joined forces with Bradford College to start the bid to win the title again.

Restaurant owner Bobby Patel said: "Bradford is known for its curries but that is not something we can sit on our laurels and expect to win."

Bradford beat competition from 17 other cities including Leicester and Birmingham to win the title in 2011.

The previous year Bradford was Curry Capital of England in 2010, beaten to the British title by Glasgow.

Judges scored the city highly for its quality of food and service and for having a deep understanding of the curry restaurant sector.

The council has now produced a document outlining why the city should keep its title.

Councillor David Green, the council's executive member for regeneration and culture, said: "We are really keen to win this prestigious title again and believe once more that we have the strongest case."

The winning city will be announced in October.

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