Is your restaurant Birmingham’s best kept secret?

The organisers of Birmingham’s UK City of Culture bid have thrown down the gauntlet to food connoisseurs by launching a search for the city’s hidden culinary gems.

People across Birmingham are being urged to nominate their favourite ‘unknown’ restaurants to provide a clear picture of foodie hotspots in the city.

According to the 2001 Population Census, 3 out of every 10 people from Birmingham are from black or minority ethnic groups, compared to the national average of 1 in 10 people, making Birmingham one of the country’s most diverse cities.

And the food no offer reflects this mix, with restaurants serving cuisine from dozens of countries across the globe, establishing Birmingham internationally for its fine dining.

As well as British dishes on offer, Birmingham also serves culinary delights from Italy, France, India, Thailand, Caribbean, China, Japan and Spain, to name but a few.

Now the Birmingham Cultural Partnership is calling on citizens to nominate less well known restaurants that may have so far escaped the media spotlight.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Chair of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership said, “Everyone knows Birmingham is top of the class when it comes to fine dining and we have a diverse food and drink offering to suit everyone’s taste buds.

“However, we want to find the hidden gems across the city. They might be small, independently run restaurants serving very specialist dishes.

“Now is the time for Brummies to come forward to shout about their favourite secret restaurant- as with food, the fun is in the sharing!”

Birmingham recently hosted gastronomic spectacles such as the Délice Good Food Network ‘City under the Microscope’ and Taste of Birmingham.

To nominate a restaurant, submit your nomination below or email belinder.lidher@birmingham.gov.uk, including the restaurant’s full address

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Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

Notes to editors
1.Birmingham Cultural Partnership (BCP) brings together the interests of the cultural sector in Birmingham and is made up of representatives from the museums, galleries, heritage, libraries, arts, events and sports sectors as well as the relevant regional bodies including Advantage West Midlands, Learning and Skills Council, the independent arts sector and higher education. The focus of its work is provided by the cultural strategy ‘Culture at the Heart’ which sets out shared priorities for the development of services and initiatives within the cultural sector, as set out below:
· Raise cultural participation (sport, arts, libraries, museums and galleries)
· Raise the external perception of Birmingham as a cultural destination
· Increase the use of Birmingham’s world-class cultural facilities by local residents
· Increase engagement with the most disadvantaged communities in the city
· Fulfil the desire of residents for cultural activities at a local level
2. The birminghamculture.org website is the official website for Birmingham’s Bid to be the first UK City of Culture 2013.

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