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Curry in a hurry: Proud Bradford-brand Aagrah gives authentic taste with handmade tarka cooking sauces

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INNOVATIVE: Aagrah Managing Director Mohammed Aslam MBE, DL, talks about his handmade cooking sauces

INNOVATIVE: Aagrah Managing Director Mohammed Aslam MBE, DL, talks about his handmade cooking sauces

 

Many of us are familiar with the Aagrah Restaurant Group famed for its delicious fine dining experience. Popularity of their “tarka cooking sauces” with home-diners has really hit the spot for those who wish to create award-winning Aagrah dishes at home.  

Using the Aagrah Cooking Sauces you too can become an expert chef and create delicious meat or vegetarian dishes.

It takes minutes to create Chicken Hydrabadi, Lamb Balti, Veg Achari, the much-devoured Chicken Tikka Masala or the original curry dish Chicken Karahi. Using any of their cooking sauces, simply add your choice of meat or veg for a mouth-watering masterpiece.

The handmade cooking sauces are a great healthy option and are free from artificial colours, preservatives, flavourings, nut and dairy. Featuring a combination of the chef’s innovation and tradition of taste, Aagrah’s Tarka Cooking Sauces offer a perfect solution for lovers of curry in a hurry.  

The range of five deliciously authentic cooking sauces, let you create the perfect meal in minutes. Each jar serves four portions and you can grab yours from supermarkets Asda and Co-Op.

The sauces are a creation of the much loved and respected Aagrah Restaurant Group, with 14 branches throughout Yorkshire.

The restaurant chain have been serving award-winning dishes for the last 40-years under the helm of Managing Director  Mohammed Aslam, MBE, DL. Joining the team is Shezad Aslam, Director of Aagrah Foods, son of the Managing Director who is now heading the Aagrah Tarka Cooking Sauces operation.

Shezad brings a vast experience in the food sector working for Mars as a Project Manager.

Commenting on his vision for the cooking sauces Shezad says: “I am excited about building on our customer-base and looking at new markets.

“With a strong brand like Aagrah behind the sauces, we will be exhibiting at major trade food shows around the country as well as exploring international markets”.

The Executive Chef’s team have travelled to regions of Pakistan where the recipes originate to appreciate the true taste of local culture. Blending the team’s innovative ideas into authentic local cuisine. The dishes created from Aagrah Cooking Sauces are essential for any store cupboard.

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Restaurant chief’s royal appointment

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ROYAL RECOGNITION: Mohammed Aslam with Dr Ingrid Roscoe, the Queen’s representative within the county

ROYAL RECOGNITION: Mohammed Aslam with Dr Ingrid Roscoe, the Queen’s representative within the county

Aagrah’s Mohammed Aslam granted Commission to be a Deputy Lieutenant

The managing director of one of Yorkshire’s most beloved restaurants was this week officially commissioned to be a Deputy Lieutenant for the county.

Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam MBE was presented with his Lieutenancy Warrant and Badge of Office by the Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe at a Ceremony hosted at Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham.  

The appointment as Deputy Lieutenant is in recognition of his sustained and notable contribution to the county of West Yorkshire, and appeared in the London Gazette prior to the ceremony.

Mr Aslam will assist the Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe, who is the Queen’s representative within the county.

DEPUTY LIEUTENANT: Mohammed Aslam MBE will now assist the Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe

DEPUTY LIEUTENANT: Mohammed Aslam MBE will now assist the Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe

Mr Aslam has been at the helm of the successful family business for nearly four decades.

There will be a number of events where the Lord Lieutenant is unavailable and he will attend in her place.

Mr Aslam said: “I will do whatever is required of me. I’m very honoured to be offered this opportunity to further help the community.”

He added: “From a business point of view, we like to support the communities in which we work and this is an opportunity for me to do something further for the people around West Yorkshire.”

Aagrah Restaurant Group was setup by Group Chairman, Mohammed Sabir,MBE, Dbs, in 1977.  

It is an independent family business with 14 sites throughout Yorkshire. The company is the UK and Europe’s largest Kashmiri Restaurant chain.

Mr Aslam has worked with both community and industry initiatives such as schools and colleges to inspire and promote the industry and region.

He also developed the  national South Asian Chef Competition  to recognise  and reward talent from the hospitality sector.    

His passion for food has led to both national and international recognition over the years, with not only one, but two, ‘International UK Chefs of the Year’ awards.

Mohammed Aslam was  also awarded with a Special Recognition accolade at the British Curry Awards 2013 by Prime Minster David Cameron.

The prestigious award acknowledges his significant contributions to services to industry. The 2000 strong audience gave a rapturous standing ovation to Mohammed Aslam in appreciation of his commitment and dedication.

Today, Aagrah Restaurant not only run the restaurant chain, the company also has a highly successful ‘Event Catering’ business providing outdoor catering nationwide ranging from 50 to 5000 people.  

They also have a share of the home dining marketing through a range of Aagrah Tarka Cooking Sauces available in Asda and Coop.

Aagrah also plays host to the biggest event  of its kind,  The Aagrah Business Dinner, in memory of the late Sajid Sabir, son of Aagrah Group Chairman.

Now in its 34thyear, the event is attended by over 800 business guests who collectively generate hundreds of millions of pounds for the economy.

The company employs 400 people and over the years has raised over £2 million pounds for charitable causes.

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Hungry for success: Aagrah Shipley named runners-up in Tiffin Cup 2016

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A Yorkshire restaurant has been named as runners-up in the prestigious London Tiffin Cup Award this month, collecting their accolade at the House of Commons, The Palace of Westminster.

Aagrah Shipley, which has been serving up Kashmiri cuisine to customers for almost four decades, was nominated by local MP, Philip Davies,  

aagrah tiffin cup certificateUpon accepting the award, Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam, said: “We are privileged to receive the award and delighted that our food is so popular outside Yorkshire.

“I look forward to welcoming MP’s, coming up from London, to The Aagrah.”

Following the success of the Tiffin Cup in 2015, MPs were, for the 11th year running, asked to nominate a restaurant in their constituency as the best South Asian restaurant in the UK in this mouth watering competition.

Last year 121 restaurants were nominated from around the country.

The Tiffin Cup is awarded every year by the Tiffin Club of MPs, formed in 2006 by former MP John Barrett, Michael Fabricant MP and Keith Vaz MP.

The aim is not only to applaud the quality of South Asian food in Britain but also to raise much needed money for charity. This year the competition is in aid of the charities ‘World Vision’ and ‘Water Aid’.

The Grand Final of the Tiffin Cup 2016 was held in the House of Commons with awards presented by Chair of the Tiffin Club, Keith Vaz.

Nearly 40 years ago Kashmiri cuisine was virtually unheard of in the UK. Thanks to Aagrah it has now become one of the most popular Asian food types in the country, rapidly picking up new and dedicated fans all over the nation.

It is increasingly being seen as a distinct area of cuisine, and Aslam is credited by many for introducing and spreading that crucial awareness.  

From humble beginnings, this family owned business of 14 restaurants, including The Midpoint Suite (Conference/Banqueting), has become the UK and Europe’s largest Kashmiri chain providing employment for 350 people in the Yorkshire region.

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Deputy Vindaloo-tenant: Restaurant chief’s royal appointment

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HONOURED: Mohammed Aslam has been named as the new Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Yorkshire

HONOURED: Mohammed Aslam has been named as the new Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Yorkshire

One of Yorkshire’s most famous restaurateurs will adopt a new uniform later this year after being named as the new Deputy Lieutenant for the County of West Yorkshire.

Managing Director at Aagrah Restaurant Group, Mohammed Aslam, will assist the Lord Lieutenant, Dr Ingrid Roscoe – who represents HM The Queen in the execution of her duties in the County.  

Having spent much of the past four decades in the heat of kitchen, Mr Aslam says he is honoured to have received the position and is looking forward to representing Yorkshire.

“I will do whatever is required of me,” he said. “I’m very honoured to be offered this opportunity to further help the community.”

Mr Aslam, who was previously awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2009, will be expected to attend a number of events where the Lord Lieutenant is unavailable.

“From a business point of view, we like to support the communities in which we work and this is an opportunity for me to do something further for the people around West Yorkshire,” he added.

Aagrah Restaurant Group was set up by Group Chairman, Mohammed Sabir, in 1977 and has since grown into Europe’s largest Kashmiri restaurant chain with 14 sites throughout Yorkshire.

Mr Aslam has worked with both community and industry initiatives during his working life, visiting schools and colleges to inspire and promote the industry.  

His passion for food has led to both national and international recognition over the years, boasting not one, but two, International UK Chefs of the Year awards.

A Special Recognition accolade, presented by Prime Minster David Cameron, was also received previously at the British Curry Awards in 2013.

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Yorkshire Powerhouse dinner: First Direct Arena set to welcome 34th annual Aagrah business dinner

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DOWN TO BUSINESS: Aagrah’s annual Business Dinner is attended by hundreds of guests every year, pictured is Aagrah’s managing director, Mohammed Aslam at last year’s event

DOWN TO BUSINESS: Aagrah’s annual Business Dinner is attended by hundreds of guests every year, pictured is Aagrah’s managing director, Mohammed Aslam at last year’s event

Two of Yorkshire’s leading companies, the First Direct Arena and Aagrah Restaurant Group are proud to announce an exclusive working partnership, leveraging their respective strengths in the hospitality and entertainment sector.

The two will come together for the first time for the 34th annual Aagrah Yorkshire Powerhouse Business Dinner, set to take place this year on 10th October2016 at the renowned Leeds arena.

The strong and strategic fit will see the companies deliver large scale premier business and social events, with Aagrah’s award winning Kashmiri and international cuisine served up at the world class venue.

The Aagrah Dinner is widely acknowledged as the platform to network, connect and engage. The huge success of last year’s dinner, attended by close to 800 business guests was covered by TV and press media alike.

Every year the prestigious black tie dinner focuses on a current business topic to showcase the region and its success in a bid to encourage investment to fuel further growth and development, to be a major player on the world’s business stage.

The dinner is in memory of the late Sajid Sabir, son of Aagrah Chairman, Mohammed Sabir.

The evening will combine five key Yorkshire hospitality Awards, networking opportunities, speakers, a sumptuous five-course banquet dinner and great entertainment. The event will also be filmed and broadcast on a major Sky channel as a show.

Yorkshire’s economy mirrors its size and diversity: with finance, legal, manufacturing, medical, digital, retail, food, agriculture and nuclear all strong sectors contributing to a healthy economy.

On top of this, tourism in Yorkshire is worth over £7 billion which is more than the total tourism expenditure of many other countries such as Ireland or Denmark.

Yorkshire & Humber have the largest concentration of food and drink businesses in the UK, contributing £1.7 billion to the regional economy.

All of this and more will be recognised at the awards dinners later this year.

As well as commending the enterprising minds amongst us, the Annual Dinner also supports charities that benefit the region. This year’s two beneficiary charities are Macmillan and Weston Park Cancer Charity, Sheffield.

Companies wishing to book a table (£950 for a table of 10)  at the Aagrah Yorkshire Powerhouse Dinner 2016  can contact Taz Azmi, Media and PR Manager for the Aagrah Group on 07951 370028 or email taz@aagrah.com.

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A warming welcome for the city’s young homeless citizens

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FESTIVE SPIRIT: Christmas dinner with a twist was served up by Shipley’s Aagrah restaurant to young homeless residents last month

FESTIVE SPIRIT: Christmas dinner with a twist was served up by Shipley’s Aagrah restaurant to young homeless residents last month

Christmas curry cheer

Bradford’s homeless population were offered a warming invitation this Christmas from a local restaurant, aiming to spread the festive spirit amongst some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Last month, on Christmas Day, Aagrah Restaurant Group worked with national homeless charity, Centrepoint, to welcome in diners from the streets for a special holiday feast.

The Shipley-based restaurant served up a hearty three course Asian Christmas Dinner for a host of young people after the team decided they wanted to give something back to the local community.

Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam, described the event as a ‘great success’ which the whole Aagrah Group was proud to support.

“We wanted to serve those less fortunate in the community with a hot Christmas Kashmiri dinner to some of the many homeless men and women on our door step,” he said.

A supporter of charities and local communities, Aagrah Restaurant Group has to date raised over £2 million pounds for charitable causes across the country.

HUNGER: The Aagrah team worked with national charity, Centrepoint, to organise the project

HUNGER: The Aagrah team worked with national charity, Centrepoint, to organise the project

Their support for the Centrepoint charity came about after figures revealed 83,000 young people experience homelessness every year.

Prince William is currently Patron of the national charity which works to give homeless young people a future by supporting them with housing, health and learning.

76 per cent of the young people supported are under 21 years of age, with such a demographic attending the Aagrah Christmas Dinner last month.

Mr Aslam added: “The occasion at our Shipley restaurant was to ensure the spirit and tradition of giving is shared with the less fortunate.   

“For many it was a chance to enjoy a hot meal in the company of other young people.”  

Working in Greater London, across the North East of England and Bradford, more information about Centrepoint can be found at www.centrepoint.org.uk

CHARITABLE: Aagrah Restaurant Group have raised over £2 million for charities in recent years

CHARITABLE: Aagrah Restaurant Group have raised over £2 million for charities in recent years

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‘Celebrating Success’: Sixth annual Hamara Awards recognise Yorkshire’s finest

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WINNERS: The Celebrating Success award recipients

WINNERS: The Celebrating Success award recipients

Yorkshire’s unsung heroes were propelled into the spotlight last week as the Hamara Awards returned for a sixth year to commend the county’s community stalwarts.

Hamara Community Awards branded this year's event as  – ‘Celebrating Success’, and once again aimed to recognise the contribution of individuals or groups who continue to have a positive influence on the region.

SPORTS: Yorkshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos were presented with special awards for their sporting success over the previous season

SPORTS: Yorkshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos were presented with special awards for their sporting success over the previous season

Joined by representatives of high profile sports teams, such as Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos, individuals received their accolades in front of a packed audience at Aagrah Midpoint.

Habib Khan, speaking on behalf of the event organisers, said he wanted to make the night the ‘biggest yet’.

“When we were organising this year’s awards, we knew we had to make it bigger than any of its predecessors,” he said.

“With so much happening in Yorkshire right now, from the sport teams’ successes in cricket and rugby, to the opening of The Broadway Shopping Centre, the opening of the New John Lewis Centre in Leeds, White Rose Shopping Centre opening a new Cinema Complex in 2016  and the Capital of Culture Bid for Leeds, we decided to theme the event as the ‘Celebrating Success’.

“Every winner thoroughly deserved their award on the night.”

Amongst the entertainment on show were Bollywood dancers, previous Hamara Award winner Bethany Hare, and a young 10-year-old performer.

Guests also witnessed a specially organised boxing match between guests, Ikram Butt and Starr Zaman, who were themselves surprised on the night with the activity.

SPORTS: Yorkshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos were presented with special awards for their sporting success over the previous season

SPORTS: Yorkshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos were presented with special awards for their sporting success over the previous season

“The awards were our most successful yet and guests certainly enjoyed themselves as well as the award winners,” Habib added.

“A big thank you must go out to all those who helped make the night possible this year.”

Six main awards were handed out including the: Women’s Achievement Award (Halima Khan), Community Organisation of the Year (LASSN), Young Person (Maryam Ali), Service to the Community (Caroline Whitehead), Lifetime Achievement (Gurdev Dahele) MBE, and Special Initiative (Haroon Jehan Foundation).

Sponsors of this year’s event included: Asian Express newspaper, ITC, White Rose Shopping Centre, South Leeds Academy, Yorkshire CCC and Islamic Relief. We Look forward to Hamara Community Awards 2016.

TALENTED: Mohammed Sabir, from Aagrah, receives a Celebrating Success award for 30-years of business from Hamara’s Mohammed Farouk

TALENTED: Mohammed Sabir, from Aagrah, receives a Celebrating Success award for 30-years of business from Hamara’s Mohammed Farouk

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The Best in the NE: Aagrah Leeds City clinches prestigious award

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mohammed aslam aagrah (299x450)A much-loved Leeds restaurant has been named the Best Restaurant in the North East of England at the 11th annual British Curry Awards earlier this week.

Aagrah Leeds City, based in the centre of Leeds, won the 2015 title on 30th November during the renowned ‘Oscars of the curry industry’, this year held in London.

A jubilant Naeem Aslam, Director and General Manager of Leeds City Aagrah, collected the coveted award.

Speaking of the restaurant’s success, he said: “We are thrilled to win this top industry award.  Over the years we have brought our innovative cuisine to the North’s restaurant scene, working hard to deliver the highest standards.

“We are grateful to our loyal customers who have supported us through this journey and to the judges of the British Curry Awards 2015.”

Aagrah was setup more than 37 years ago by Mohammed Sabir MBE and his two brothers in a small restaurant in Westgate, Shipley.

Situated in the heart of Leeds in the BBC building, Aagrah Leeds City is a fine dining restaurant with the ability to cater for 165 diners.  

The establishment is without doubt one of Yorkshire’s most acclaimed restaurant groups, offering informal yet luxury dining,  serving a modern menu made up of classic award winning dishes.

aagrah with curry award (300x274)Yorkshire based Aagrah group is the UK and Europe’s largest Kashmiri restaurant chain and are based in the North’s Curry Capital. They specialise in Kashmiri cuisine, with 14 restaurants throughout Yorkshire, employing 500 people.

Kashmiri cuisine captures the essence of flavours from Asia to create the best dishes served in a perfect ambience created by Aagrah at their restaurants.  The company have also introduced a new generation of Kashmiri dishes alongside their classic recipes to cater for developing tastes.

It is Aagrah’s commitment to impeccable fine dining standards and serving simply delicious wholesome fresh Kashmiri cuisine that have won the group so many accolades including the most recent, the prestigious Best Caterer at the British Asian Wedding Awards held last month at the five-star Montcalm Hotel, London.

Aagrah Restaurant, Sheffield (Leopold square) was awarded the Best South Asian Restaurant (Yorkshire/Humber) 2015 at the 5th Asian Curry Awards (ACA), London, whilst Aagrah Leeds won the Best Restaurant in Leeds at the Restaurant Association awards 2009, adding to their growing trophy cabinet.

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33rd Annual Aagrah Business Dinner

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SPEECH: Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam MBE, thanked the hundreds of guests for their support on the night

SPEECH: Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam MBE, thanked the hundreds of guests for their support on the night

Business leaders raise £125,000 on record-breaking night

Over 800 guests turned out for the 33rd Annual Aagrah Business Dinner last weekend as records were broken on a glamorous night in Rotherham.

Organised by the Yorkshire-based Aagrah Group of Restaurants, influential business guests, including CEO’s, Managing Directors and other key decision makers, attended the hot ticket event, helping to raise an amazing £125,000.

For the first time since its inception, the charity business dinner was held outside West Yorkshire at the magnificent Magna Science Centre.

Representatives from regional, national and global brands turned out in force to one of the biggest business events of its kind, with the dinner widely acknowledged as a fantastic platform to network, connect and engage.

Keynote speaker, Lord Karan Billimoria, wowed guests with his truly remarkable and inspirational speech, whilst entertainment was provided by India’s biggest dance academy, performing spectacular and glittering routines with a troupe of dancers.

ENTERTAINMENT: Those in attendance were entertained by a troupe from India’s biggest dance academy

ENTERTAINMENT: Those in attendance were entertained by a troupe from India’s biggest dance academy

Meanwhile, guests were treated to a lavish five-course Aagrah banquet which included a theatrical whole leg of lamb per table, gently cooked to perfection with rave reviews by guests.

The prestigious black tie dinner focuses on a current business topic with this year’s theme ‘Northern Powerhouse’ - a proposal by the government to boost economic growth in the North of England. The North, in particular Yorkshire, has some of the largest and most successful companies with their head offices based in this part of the country.

Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam, MBE said: “It’s great to see so many people here, we are truly grateful to everyone for their support in particular and our lead partners, Cobra, Kingfisher, LWC, Pepsi and Tilda. Without their support this would not be possible.”

Aagrah is the UK’s and Europe’s largest Kashmiri restaurant with 15 branches employing 500 staff.

With a share in the home dining market, through their popular Tarka Cooking sauces, available in Asda and Co-op, the company has grown into a nationally recognised brand.

BUSINESS: Over 800 guests gathered for the annual business dinner at the Magna Centre

BUSINESS: Over 800 guests gathered for the annual business dinner at the Magna Centre

Aagrah’s fundraising is done through their charity wing, Jannat Welfare International Trust, in memory of Sajid Sabir, the late son of Aagrah’s Chairman, Mohammed Sabir, MBE, to benefit local, national and international charities.

With generous support from their sponsors and supporters,  they have raised over £2.1 million. This money has transformed the lives of many and all ages. This year’s beneficiary charities are Weston Park Hospital Cancer charity, in Sheffield, and Mosaic.

The Dinner also played host to an award ceremony for the South Asian Chef Competition (SACC).  In a very close fought contest, judges eventually awarded the title to  Mariappan Sethurajapillai, from Deli 6 Restaurant in Sutton, winning  first prize of £2,000 and a membership of Craft Guild of Chefs.

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Major player in the dining scene scoops top restaurant award

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LEEDS: Aagrah in the city centre scoops award

LEEDS: Aagrah in the city centre scoops award.

Aagrah Leeds City has won the top curry crown for the Best Indian Establishment at the Food Awards England & Wales 2014, which was held in Manchester earlier this week.

The restaurant is part of the Aagrah Restaurant Group which has 15 branches across the Yorkshire region.

Receiving the award at the inaugural ceremony, Director of the branch, Mr Rahman said: “We must thank our customers and our staff, their loyalty, dedication and commitment has helped us achieve this national award.”

The imposing restaurant, based in the heart of Leeds, is on the ground floor of the BBC building.

Never one to take success and a good reputation for granted, Aagrah’s Managing Director, Mohammed Aslam MBE is on an ongoing culinary journey to develop and innovate.

The hugely popular restaurant decor is plush but with a 21st century twist. The colour scheme is dark, dominated by blacks and browns and the lighting muted.  Aagrah Leeds City is a high-end restaurant offering amazing value dining with great service.

LEEDS: Aagrah in the city centre scoops award

LEEDS: Aagrah in the city centre scoops award.

The Inaugural Food Awards England and Wales was held at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel and was attended by hundreds of restaurateurs and food establishment owners from across the country.

Following the footsteps of their Scottish counterparts, The Food Awards England and Wales celebrated and rewarded the very best in English food hospitality, the servers, the specialists and suppliers.

Voted for by the English public, The Food Awards are designed to recognise the efforts of England’s Restaurants, Takeaways, Pub food, Hotel food, Cafes and Bistros, as well as shining the spotlight on the wonderful local producers who provide their delicious ingredients.

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Highest Honour for Aagrah’s Aslam

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Aagrah’s Managing Director Mohammed Aslam MBE, better known as Aslam to his family and friends had the highest honour bestowed upon him last week, receiving an Honorary Fellowship by Bradford College.

The youngest of three brothers, Aslam came to the UK in 1967.  After a short spell working for London Transport as a Bus Driver, he moved to Bradford to join his brother Mohammed Sabir, now Aagrah Chairman to work in the family business.  Building on the foundations laid by Sabir and other family members, his entrepreneurial skills, coupled with a desire to succeed played a key role in the business as it began to show signs of growth in the early eighties.

AWARD: Mohammed Aslam MBE was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Bradford College last week

AWARD: Mohammed Aslam MBE was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Bradford College last week

Widely acknowledged as putting Kashmiri cuisine on the UK map, Aagrah Restaurants continued to develop and promote their homeland cooking as a distinct cuisine in its own right as its popularity grew. This inspired Aslam to train and become a professional chef learning how to cook authentic Kashmiri family recipes on a commercial level.

More than 3 decades on, Aagrah and  Aslam have won some of the industry’s highest accolades, with the most recent being Special Recognition Award presented by Prime Minister David Cameron at the British Curry Awards 2013 for which he received a long standing ovation.

Aagrah’s landmark in the company’s journey came in the acquisition of a piece of land on the border of Leeds and Bradford to build The Midpoint Suite in 2009, a conference and banqueting venue with a capacity of 450 people. Now a highly successful centre, the Midpoint suite hosts over 500 hundreds event every year.

The company now has 16 branches across Yorkshire and a highly successful outdoor catering division. Aslam is also the vision behind Aagrah’s home dining venture. In 2011 Aagrah branched out into the home dining market by successfully launching a range of Tarka Cooking sauces, available in Asda and Tesco. A recent addition has seen chutneys, pickles and marinades added to their home dining experience.

Aslam’s formula for success is employing the right staff and personally being involved in their training and development of all  the company’s chefs . He firmly believes the success of the business is underpinned with family values, teamwork and consistently serving the highest quality food with professional and friendly service.

Accepting the award Mr Aslam thanked his wife, children, his brothers Mohammed Sabir, Zaffar Iqbal and Nephew Arshad Mahmood for their ‘unstinting support’ and encouragement saying this year has been ‘very special’.

Adding: “We opened two new branches, one in Ilkley, a 90 seat fine dining restaurant and our second Sheffield branch at Crystal Peaks with 275 seats. On a personal level receiving the Honorary Fellowship has been humbling. I am truly grateful to everyone concerned with it all.”

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Perfect Asian Weddings Awards 2013

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A glittering gala dinner event with a sensational catwalk honoured the outstanding services of some of the UK’s finest wedding service providers.

The Perfect Asian Wedding Awards in its debut year, hosted by Christa Ackroyd, gave national recognition to the winners, who had been voted for by the public and those who have used services of the short-listed companies.

Perfect Asian Weddings Awards 2013

Perfect Asian Weddings Awards 2013

The Aagrah Midpoint Suite, in Pudsey, saw guests dazzled by glitz and sophisticated glamour of a spectacular catwalk show by Bombay Stores showing their own stunning bridal couture collection and their international bridal exclusive designer pieces.

The breathtaking outfits were equally matched by a catwalk full of beautiful glamorous models adorning a stunning and imposing stage set.

Guest of Honour, Squadron Leader Deputy Lieutenant David Dinmore presented the awards to the lucky recipients.

Perfect Asian Weddings Awards 2013

Perfect Asian Weddings Awards 2013

A Special Recognition Award was presented to Maryam and Abdul Kader, founders of Bombay Stores for their services to Asian Fashion, setting up their business 47 years ago. Bombay Stores is now an International Brand in the world of Asian fashion.

A sumptuous banquet dinner to match the occasion, was provided by Aagrah.

Perfect Asian Weddings Awards 2013

Perfect Asian Weddings Awards 2013

Winners of the Perfect Asian Wedding Awards

Special Recognition Award for Services to Asian Fashion:
Maryam and Abdul Kader (Founders of Bombay Stores)

Best Videographer: Film Art Pictures

Best Photographer: Eternal Wedding Film Photography

Best Caterer: Aagrah Event Catering

Best Wedding Marquees: Amplitude Marquees

Best Florist: Jayesh Florist

Best Event Lighting: YAS IllumiNation

Best Stage Décor: Abdalis

Best Hair & Beauty: Rosa Massimo

Best Makeup Artist: Beautology

Best Car Hire: Oasis Limousines

Best Jeweller (Non Gold): Swavo Collection

Best Entertainment: Evallance DJ

Best Cakes: Cakes R UZ (KCB)

Best Wedding Venue: Cedar Court Hotel Bradford

Best Unique Wedding Venue: The Aagrah Midpoint Suite

Best Bridal Wear: Bombay Stores

Best Boutique: Bombay Stores

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