A curry house has broken the world record for building the highest tower of poppadoms.
Four chefs from Tamarind Restaurant, in Northampton, spent two hours stacking a mouth-watering 1,280 poppadoms 5ft 8in high.
Dedicated Tipu Rahman, Abdul Ahad, Aminul Islam and Abdul Haq managed to break the existing record with their crispy construction by six inches and 205 poppadoms.
Tamarind owner Mr Rahman, who led the record attempt, said: “I am very proud.
“It was hard work and took a lot of practice but we did it. It’s brilliant for the curry industry in Northampton and really puts us on the map.
“It took a lot of teamwork and there were a few nervy moments but I was always confident. We had practised hard.
“I’ve always thought about doing something like this.
“It is important for me and the Bangladeshi community as a whole.
“I chose poppadoms because when you walk into an Indian restaurant that is the first thing that you would ask for and they can be made quickly.”
The team chefs took it in turns to fry the poppadoms, stack them and shape them into a stable tower.
Twice the team had to break off to shuffle and reshape the tower when it began to wobble precariously but, undeterred, they kept calm to pass the previous landmark of 5ft 2in.
Bobby Baidwan, an independent technical judge, measured the poppadom stack as it was being built.
He said: “I thought the whole thing went really well. We will take all of the reports from the judges and a video diary and send them to Guinness for verification.”
Guinness World Records said it was waiting to receive the evidence to confirm whether a new world record had been set.
Mayor of Northampton Roger Conroy was on hand to witness the final poppadom being placed on the tower and said: “It’s brilliant, an absolutely magnificent achievement for both Tipu and for Northampton.
“We have some excellent restaurants in Northampton who really do their bit for the community and today is a great example of that.”
The existing record was achieved by Nahim Aslam of the Indian Ocean Restaurant, Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, on 24 March 2011.
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