Prime Minister David Cameron honoured Mohammed Aslam MBE with a ‘Special Recognition’ accolade at the glittering British Curry Awards 2013, on Monday 25th November.
The venue, Battersea Evolution in London, dazzled even more brightly than ever before. This was the ninth annual awards ceremony staged under the leadership of Enam Ali MBE, and was hosted by TV personality Chris Tarrant.
Attendees included hundreds of leading restaurateurs, business owners, politicians and celebrities. The 2000 strong audience gave a rapturous standing ovation to Mr Aslam in appreciation of his commitment and dedication. The prestigious award acknowledges his significant contributions to services to industry.
This year’s British Curry Awards, the biggest yet with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, extolling the virtues of a culinary industry that contributes £3.6bn to the economy annually and employs more than 80,000 people.
Mr Cameron said: “It is often said that curry is Britain national dish – and it’s easy to see why.
“It’s not just the flavours served up in the thousands of curry restaurants across the country, it is the welcome too. “Those who work in the curry industry enliven Britain’s high streets, boost local economies and contribute to local communities.”
Finalists were whittled down from 263,000 public nominations. Winners were judged on a number of points, including menu choice, wine list, the exterior and interior decor and food presentation. With more than 2.5 million Brits eating curry every week, the industry is making a substantial contribution to the British economy.
Aagrah Restaurants are widely acclaimed as pioneers of ‘Kashmiri Cuisine’ and Mohammed Aslam MBE has made it his life's mission to promote this to be recognised as a cuisine in it’s own right.
Mr Aslam has worked hard over the years with schools, colleges and other organisations like The Prince’s Trust and Mosaic. He has helped inspire young people into a career of their choice and in particular in hospitality, producing training manuals and recipe books.