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British Curry Crisis

January 2014
British Curry Crisis

How much do British people love their curry? So much that curry shops in London now outnumber those in Mumbai. The very best of those restaurants are recognized every year at the British Curry Awards—no joke. British Prime Minister David Cameron attended the 9th annual BCAs and spoke of the importance of curry to British identity. “To all those who think being British depends on your skin color, wake up and smell the curry!” he said.

But according to a New York Times report, all isn’t well in the British curry industry. Tighter visa rules are making it difficult for restaurants to bring chefs from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. And British-born youngsters of South Asian descent are opting for more lucrative careers. There’s just not enough curry-making talent to go around.

The Prime Minister, thankfully, is willing to help. “So let me promise you this: we will work through this together,” he said at the award ceremony. “We’ll continue to help you get the skilled Asian chefs you need.”

His message to British voters seems to be this: Don’t worry, you’ll get your curry.

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