Preparing for the Cook-Off Challenge

The Press Club’s annual Curry Night will soon be here – featuring, as usual, the Great Cook-Off Challenge.

Organised by Indian chef and author Anita Sharma-James, a former medical research scientist who set up her own cookery school eight years ago, the event is being held on 19 October (commencing 7 pm) at Jojolapa, the Nepalese restaurant situated in Newhall Street, Birmingham.

Tickets for the evening are £20 each, the cost of which includes a two-course meal.

Attendees can pay on the night but anyone who plans to be there is asked to email in advance to confirm their attendance.

2016 winners - Dawn Roberts and Kay Cadman

2016 winners - Dawn Roberts and Kay Cadman

Last year’s champions, Press Club director Kay Cadman and her sister Dawn Roberts, director of PR agency Headline Communications (pictured) are unable to defend their title so there will be a new name on the trophy as six teams compete to be crowned Curry Kings of 2017.

Anita, who is a Press Club director, will be providing inspiration to the contestants by offering expert advice in the form of a short cookery demonstration prior to the Cook Off Challenge. She said: “Cooking is a fun and creative experience – and if previous years are anything to go by some of the dishes may well be funny creations!”