The Tiffin Cup is an annual British competition run by the Tiffin Club to find the best South Asian restaurant in the United Kingdom. Nominees are selected by their constituency and then put forward by their local MPs. One restaurant from every region is then shortlisted and invited to participate in the Grand Final cook-off event held in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, as judged by MPs and guest celebrities, with the proceeds going to a selected charity.
History of Tiffin
The name tiffin is given to the containers that transported light meals. The tiffins, or tiffinboxes are made up of three porcelain round trays with handles and lids in which lunches are delivered to workers. They are delivered through a complex network of Dabbawallahs, who set off with the dishes after the men have left for work. This practice is still in use in India today.
The word tiffin is also used to refer to taking a little light snack, including a cup of tea. It probably came into use when it became more popular to have a full meal in the evening rather than mid-afternoon, thus requiring a lighter meal at around midday that need a name.
How the Competition Works
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2006 - Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant, Preseli Pembrokeshire
2007 - Bekash, Romford
2008 - Mint and Mustard, Cardiff North
2009 - Tamasha, Bromley and Chislehurst
2013 - This years competition included Ainsley Harriet a the chair of a panel of judges.
Notable mention to the Bilash Balti in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire - the first restaurant in the Fylde to win the Best in the North West category.
2010 - A record 74 nominations have been received by the Tiffin Club! The Launch of the Newby Teas Tiffin Cup 2010 will be on Tuesday 14 September 2010.
This year the competition is in aid of World Vision which works globally to speak out for children affected by injustice and poverty.
B. Raj Tandoori, Banff and Buchan
The Mirch Masala, Tooting
Royal Al Faisal, Birmingham
Taj Mahal, Pembrokeshire
Pan Ahar, Blyth Valley
Aagrah Shipley, Shipley
Bombay Dreams, Brent South
Queen Spice, South Queensferry
Sukhi's Indian Cuisine, Darwen
The Royal Bengal, Lowestoft
Bombay Spice, North London
The Tandoori Parlour, Castle Point
Bengal Spice, Hemel Hempstead
Queens Spice, Edinburgh West
Maharaja, Castle Point
Passage to India, Stroud
Tower Tandoori, North Southwark and Bermondsey
Taste of India, Surrey Heath
Shimla Spice, Shipley
4,500 miles from Delhi, Nottingham South
Moonlight Tandoori, Banff and Buchan
The Gulshan, Wolverhampton South East
Shahi Quila, Blackburn
The Chilli Raj, St Albans
Chilli Chutney, Streatham
The Third Place, Shrewsbury
Mint and Mustard, Cardiff
The Royal Spice, Peterborough
Bombay Blues, London
Spice Lodge, Cheltenham
The Spice Bazaar, South West England
Azad Manzil Restaurant, North West England
Pan Ahar Restaurant, Havering
Kareem's, Vale of Clwyd
Tamasha, Bromley and Chislehurst
Saffron, Leeds North East
Haweli Indian, Maidenhead
Lawthorn Farm Indian, Central Ayrshire
Shajan, Ribble Valley
Planet Poppadom, Great Yarmouth
Godalming Tandoori, South West Surrey
The Spice Bazaar, Totnes