Article date: 24 Oct 2012
It is a known fact that Britain is a nation which loves its curry – and the Wetherspoon Curry Club is testament to that UK culinary favourite.
Wetherspoon’s pubs collectively serve 3.6 million curries annually – that is approximately 70,000 Curry Club meals every Thursday across Britain.
When a new UK television cookery series wanted to film Britain’s love affair with curry, in a pub environment, Wetherspoon seemed the obvious choice for Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation.
A culinary legend, Madhur Jaffrey is an authority on Indian cooking.
Now living in New York, she has spent the last four decades promoting the spices, flavours and fragrances of traditional Indian food, outside of her native home.
Curry Nation reflects on how radically Britain has changed in its attitudes towards Indian cooking, since she first visited the UK more than 30 years ago, at a time when almost no one knew anything about Indian or south Asian food.
The filming took place at The Moon Under Water, in Watford, where Madhur sampled and discussed the curry dishes on the menu, for one programme in the series of her Indian food map of Britain.
Matthew Elsdon, Wetherspoon’s food development manager, said: “It was very interesting to meet her. She is highly respected and has a massive insight into everything associated with Indian cooking.
“She sampled three or four curries from our menu and was complimentary about the flavours and the large selection which we have on offer.
“She particularly liked our onion bhajis.”
The 10-part series is due to be screened on the Good Food Channel at the end of this year.