The Shrewsbury Big Curry is Back!

2nd July 2012

The Shrewsbury Big Curry is Back! Following the huge success of last year’s first ever Shrewsbury Big Curry, the event is back to raise more money for the county’s soldiers.

The Army chefs from 143 (West Midlands) Brigade and the civilian chefs from the TASTE kitchen at the Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre will once again battle it out to see who the public votes as having the tastiest curry.

The Shrewsbury Big Curry will take place in The Square on Saturday 21 July, 12pm - 4pm and will raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.  It is being organised by Nick Chavasse, Managing Director of NRG Direct Mail Ltd, a former Major in the British Army with support from HEART of ENGLAND fine foods (HEFF) and Shropshire Council.

Last year the Big Curry raised £7,500 for the charity which gives lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families.  In 2011 The Soldiers’ Charity assisted 32 injured and wounded soldiers in Shropshire and the West Midlands by funding vocational training courses for their transition to life outside the Army at a cost of £38,350.  In addition The Soldiers’ Charity was able to give £55,543.73 to support 60 individual cases and one charity in order to help soldiers and their families in Shropshire when they needed it most.

The TASTE kitchen won the competition last year and new chef Calvin Watson will be eager to retain the title. For a £5 donation to the charity you will receive a portion of each curry with rice and then you get to cast your vote for your favourite curry.

There will also be a licensed bar, music and stands for local businesses supporting the event.

Richard Hackett, The Soldiers’ Charity Regional Director for the West Midlands said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Shrewsbury Big Curry is due to return.  It was a huge success last year and we need the public’s support again as we urgently need to raise funds to support wounded and injured soldiers during their rehabilitation at the Personnel Recovery Unit in Shrewsbury.”

Mr Chavasse said: “The Shrewsbury Big Curry was a roaring success last summer so we are very excited to be running it again this year.  We are hoping to sell in excess of 750 portions of curry in the cook-off competition between the Army and the TASTE Kitchen chefs so we are encouraging everyone to come to The Square on July 21 for their lunch and help us to exceed last year’s £7,500.”

Any businesses that would like to get involved or have a stand on the day should contact Nick Chavasse on 01743 454888.