Well-known faces from across Wolverhampton have backed the city’s bid to become curry capital of Britain.
Wolverhampton is battling it out with 20 other towns and cities and hopes are high of top spot after coming third for the past three years.
Five Indian restaurants will represent Wolverhampton in the competition – Bilash and Jivans from the city centre, Cafe Rickshaw in Chapel Ash, Ranga Mati in Wednesfield and the Gulshan Balti of Bilston.
Business woman Ruth Badger, originally from Wednesfield and who came second in the 2006 series of The Apprentice, said: “Wolverhampton is the only place to have a quality curry. I can say this as I live in Manchester and the curry mile is not a scratch on Wolverhampton.”
BBC Formula One presenter Suzi Perry showed her support when asked about Wolverhampton curry houses. She tweeted: “The Bilash is my fave in Wolves.”
Meanwhile, Signal 107 radio presenter Dicky Dodd also tweeted his support for the bid saying: “Wolverhampton is a great place for curry and I wish Team Wolverhampton the very best for the 2013 competition.”
Celebrity hairdresser Nick Malenko, of salon Royston Blythe, said he was in favour of anything that brings attention to Wolverhampton.
“Royston and I eat out at the Bilash quite a lot so we will definitely be backing the bid,” he said. “We recently spent time in Delhi and Mumbai and I have to say that the currys in Wolverhampton definitely live up to the ones over there.”
WV One, the city centre company, is urging residents and diners to vote for their city by emailing email@example.com, with Wolverhampton in the subject title.
Voting closes on September 13 and the winner will be announced on October 20.
The mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Milkinder Jaspal, said: “Wolverhampton has been creeping up the leader board for many years and has come third for the past three consecutive years.
“I have been speaking to people who come to Wolverhampton on a night out and they are more and more impressed with the different restaurants on offer.”