Tommy Miah

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Tommy Miah
Mohammad Ajman Miah

(1959-03-28) 28 March 1959 (age 60)
Education Aston Manor School
Rina Miah(m. 1975)
Culinary career
Cooking style Bangladeshi/Indian Cuisine

Mohammad Ajman Miah, MBE FRSA (born 28 March 1959), better known as Tommy Miah, is a Bangladeshi-born British celebrity chef, owner of the award-winning Raj Restaurant and founder of the International Indian Chef of the Year Competition. [1] He is often recognised as the "Curry King" in Britain.

Bangladesh Country in South Asia

Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia. While the country is the 92nd-largest in land area, spanning 147,570 square kilometres (56,980 sq mi), it is the world's 8th-most populous with nearly 163 million people, making it one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Bangladesh shares land borders with India to the west, north, and east, and with Myanmar to the east, with the Bay of Bengal to the south. Dhaka, the capital and largest city, is the nation's economic, political and cultural hub. Chittagong, the largest sea port, is the second largest city. The dominant geographic feature is the Ganges delta, which empties into the Bay of Bengal the combined waters of several river systems, including the Brahmaputra and the Ganges, with numerous criss-crossing rivers and inland waterways. Highlands with evergreen forests cover the northeastern and southeastern regions. The seacoast features the longest natural sea beach and most of the world's largest mangrove forest. The country's biodiversity includes a vast array of plants and wildlife, including the endangered Bengal tiger, the national animal.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

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A celebrity chef is a kitchen chef who has become a celebrity. Today, chefs often become celebrities by presenting cookery advice and demonstrations, usually through the mediums of television and radio, or in printed publications. While television is ultimately the primary way for a chef to become a celebrity, some have achieved this through success in the kitchen, cook book publications, and achieving such awards as Michelin stars, while others are home cooks that won competitions.


Early life

Miah was born in a village in South Sylhet Mahakuma, Chittagong Division, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). He arrived at the age of 10 to Birmingham, England, with limited knowledge of English. He became interested in food and cooking due to which he began by working in the catering industry. [2] He began by starting his own small takeout restaurant at the age of 17. Throughout the years working with hard work and determination, led to success in his business. [3]

Moulvibazar District District in Sylhet Division, Bangladesh

Moulvibazar also spelled Maulvibazar, Moulavibazar, and Maulavibazar, is the southeastern district of Sylhet Division in northeastern Bangladesh, named after the town of Moulvibazar. It is bordered by the Indian states of Tripura and Assam to the south and east, respectively; and by the Bangladeshi districts of Habiganj to the west and Sylhet to the north.

Chittagong Division Division of Bangladesh

Chittagong Division, officially known as Chattogram Division, is geographically the largest of the eight administrative divisions of Bangladesh. It covers the south-easternmost areas of the country, with a total area of 33,771.18 km2 (13,039.13 sq mi) and a population at the 2011 census of 28,423,019. The administrative division includes mainland Chittagong District, neighbouring districts and the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

East Pakistan Former province of Pakistan

East Pakistan was the eastern provincial wing of Pakistan between 1955 and 1971, covering the territory of the modern country Bangladesh. Its land borders were with India and Myanmar, with a coastline on the Bay of Bengal.


Miah established himself in Edinburgh and founded the award-winning Raj Restaurant. In 1991, he founded the International Indian Chef of the Year Competition, to promote innovation and quality in Indian cooking, which attracts 5000 entrants from around the world. [4] The competition also consists of an event to raise funds for the Sreepur Village Orphanage in Bangladesh.

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He was chosen to head the first South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Food Festival in Delhi. He was also selected by the Bangladesh Foreign Office to represent Bangladesh, cooking typical Bangladeshi staple dishes. [5]

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Intergovernmental organization

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of states in South Asia. Its member states comprise Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. SAARC comprises 3% of the world's area, 21% of the world's population and 3.8% of the global economy, as of 2015.

With his status being as a celebrity chef, including having his own television show in Bangladesh, and with the experience of international dining and catering, Miah has established the foundation of the Tommy Miah Institute of Hospitality Management, which is an institution which trains Bangladeshis in the international hospitality industry. In Bangladesh, Miah's recipes for of any types of cuisine such as Bangladeshi, Thai, Indian and Chinese meals can be requested through text message from any Banglalink mobile phone. He also owns the Original Raj Hotel in Murrayfield and The Heritage Restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh. [6]

Bangladeshi cuisine

Bangladeshi cuisine is the national cuisine of Bangladesh. Bangladeshi cuisine has been shaped by the diverse history and river-line geography of Bangladesh. The country has a tropical monsoon climate.

Thai cuisine national cuisine of Thailand

Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand.

Indian cuisine regional cuisines native to India

Indian cuisine consists of a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic groups, and occupations, these cuisines vary substantially from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religion, in particular Hinduism, cultural choices and traditions. The cuisine is also influenced by centuries of Islamic rule, particularly the Mughal rule. Samosas and pilafs can be regarded as examples.

Miah's achievements includes, delivering a curry lunch-box to 10 Downing Street for the then Prime Minister John Major's 50th birthday, producing the world's largest curry which was large enough to feed 10,000, promoting innovation and quality in Asian cuisine, developing dishes for high class manufacturers, writing cooking books, and he was the first to make Indian meals available on flights worldwide. [2] [6] He has sponsored for many charity groups both in Bangladesh and Britain, which includes, 'Cancer Research UK,' ‘Shishu Polli,' ‘Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed' and the 'ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital.' [7] Tommy Miah runs food hygiene classes for refugee camps in Bangladesh, and also sponsors foreign students to study in the UK.

10 Downing Street Headquarters of British Government

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John Major Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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Cancer Research UK Cancer research and awareness charity

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Awards and recognition

In 2004, Miah was elected a fellow of Royal Society of Arts. [8]

In 2017, Miah was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for his services to the hospitality industry and charity. [9] [10]

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