The much celebrated British Curry Award, better known as the Oscar of the Curry Industry was held this evening, (December 17, 2020, Thursday) in a Covid-19 complying virtual ceremony in Britain. World’s most famous impressionist Rory Bremner hosted the illustrious evening.
A noble venture of the Bangladeshi-British Curry King Enam Ali MBE, the virtual bespoke show unfolded at GMT 7.30 pm in the evening (Bangladesh Time 1.30 am, Friday) and instantly reached millions of viewers around the world via links https://youtu.be/aqeCv_3xwQY on You Tube and http://www.britishcurryaward.co.uk, the official website of the British Curry Award.
The 16th British Curry Awards ceremony was initiated by its founding father Enam Ali MBE, who says, we feel truly honored to have this opportunity to recognize such great souls who had shown remarkable feat of compassion and humanity. The event was sponsored by JustEat.
Unlike the previous occasions, this time the organizers gave away the awards to recognize the contribution of the ‘curry heroes of the pandemic-hit year’ in 13 different categories, not by judging the food quality of the participating restaurants but by evaluating the humanitarian aspect of their contribution, the heroic roles they played during the overwhelming covid-19 disaster in country.
ATUL KOCHHAR KANISHKA from LONDON was awarded in BEST LONDON RESTAURANT IN THE PANDEMIC category for its laudable Takeaway Service; ZAKIR KHAN ZYKA RESTAURANT READING was awarded in the OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO LOCAL COMMUNITY IN THE PANDEMIC category for its help to the NHS staff and reaching out via Facebook to the needy ones who might need free meals; CHIEF REPORTER MOHAMMAD JUBAIR, CHANNEL S was awarded in the SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE CURRY INDUTRY category for his selfless professional commitment that was demonstrated in his ground-breaking stories on chef shortages, the vindaloo visa, restaurant closures, as well the continuous government guidelines policies surrounding the pandemic; SAFWAAN CHOUDHURY, BRITISH RAJ TAKEAWAY was awarded in the BEST TAKEAWAY AWARD DURING THE PANDEMIC category for his selfless gesture of humanity as he donated over 3,500 free meals. He was recently announced hero of Hertfordshire for his service to his local community. DABIRUL ISLAM CHOUDHURY OBE was awarded in the INSPIRATIONAL PERSON category for he had raised more than £420,000 to help the many charities, including people in the UK’s Bangladeshi and Muslim communities; HABIBUR KHAN RADHUNI SCOTLAND was awarded in the OUTSTANDING SERVICE DURING THE PANDEMIC as it showed great community spirit, by building glass fibre canopy above their gardens to allow for outdoor dining and served 4,000 free meals to the NHS, blue light workers, ambulance, fire, police, pharmacy, and care home staff; SALIM CHOUDHURY PRESIDENT, BRITISH BANGLADESHI CATERERS ASSOCIATION was awarded in the LEADERSHIP AWARD IN THE PANDEMIC category for his leadership in helping the NHS frontline heroes and campaigning for changing guidelines affecting the curry industry. Through his leadership, BBCA members have served over 25,000 meals to the homeless, NHS, and hospices. JALF ALI DABBAWAL/ KHAI KHAI NEWCASTLE was awarded in the ENTREPRENEUR AWARD category, NAZ ISLAM SAFFRON RESTAURANT NORTHAMPTON was awarded in the OUTSTANDING SERVICE IN THE PANDEMIC category; SUJIT D’ALMEIDA URBAN TANDOOR BRISTOL was awarded in the OUTSTANDING SERVICE IN THE PANDEMIC category; RAHMAN SHAH EASTLEIGH was awarded in the UNSUNG CHEF AWARD category; PERVIN TODIWALA CAFÉ SPICE NAMASTE was awarded in the INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN AWARD category; and GULU ANAND BRILLIANT RESTAURANT SOUTHALL was awarded in the FAMILY RESTAURANT TEAM OF THE YEAR category.
The award giving ceremony, blessed by Her Majesty the British Queen and the Prime Minister of the UK along with the opposition and national leaders was held at a secluded venue without any audience that used to be a striking feature of their earlier curry-award ceremony. The biggest and the best show in the hospitality calendar, this singular event was a live broadcast covering a global audience via different online platforms, namely, You Tube, Facebook, Zoom, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
This spectacular awards ceremony was established in 2005. The organizers represent over 12 thousand restaurants in the UK and Ireland, 85 percent of which origins from Bangladeshi expatriates that annually contributes 5 billion pounds to the national exchequer directly employing 100 thousand people. People all over the world today love the British cuisine while very few people in fact know about the great contribution of the Bangladeshi prodigies that, during the 60s and 70s of the last century, laid down the very foundation of this booming industry.
For video footage of the show, click on the following link: