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Competition gets spicy as teams battle it out to be Press Club’s first champs

Birmingham Press Club held its first-ever Curry Cook-Off Challenge at Jojolapa Restaurant. The Nice and Spice team of media personality Llewela Bailey and food writers Paul Fulford and Richard McComb scooped the honours in a ‘blind’ tasting judged by the restaurant’s head chef Nand Ram. Indian chef and author Anita Sharma-James gave a demonstration of Indian cookery, while also offering expert advice to the teams prior to the cook-off. The event was sponsored by Wednesbury-based KTC (Edibles) Ltd, Britain’s largest private manufacturer and distributor of cooking oils and specialty ingredients.


  1. Anita Sharma-James, Bob Warman, Paresh Mehta
  2. Curry champs Richard McComb, Paul Fulford, Llewela Bailey
  3. Fred Bromwich, Viv Bromwch, Jenny and Peter Brookes
  4. Lisa Kennedy, Adrian Kibbler, Julie Richardson
  5. Shazma and Tony Adams, Gurshinder Ark
  6. Jan and Chris Mowbray, Paul Raymer
  7. Paul Fulford, Leo Kattou, Richard McComb, Mark Gough
  8. Head chef and judge Nand Ram
  9. Bob Warman, Paul McGarrigie