Mohammed Aslam honoured at the NRB Top Fifty Awards
18 March 2016, 03:20
Outstanding Achievement Award Winner
Aagrah’s Managing Director honoured at the North of England’s hospitality Power List Awards 2016
Celebrating its sixteenth year, Northern Restaurant and Bar is the largest hospitality exhibition for the North of England. NRB hosts over 270 exhibitors, 50 live demos and over 7,000 trade-only visitors. The show also includes the NRB Debate, NRB Top Fifty Awards, NRB Fringe.
Aagrah’s Managing Director Mohammed Aslam, MBE (AKA Aslam) was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award 2016. Aslam was picked not only for building a group of fourteen successful restaurants across the region but also for his commitment to the cities in which his restaurants are based and founding the South Asian Chef Competition.
Receiving the Award Aslam said “he was delighted to receive the award for Aagrah, it is an honour and a privilege to be among such great and successful business leaders.
Every year NRB brings together the entire Northern hospitality industry to discover new ideas, identify opportunities and source new products and services.
The fifth NRB Top Fifty Awards, celebrated the fifty top hospitality operators in the North plus three outstanding achievement award winners were crowned.
Thom Hetherington, CEO of organisers Holden Media, says “We received a record number of entrants to the NRB Top Fifty this year, making the judging an arduous but ultimately very rewarding process. There has been an influx of national brands to the North in the last year but if anything that seems to be have spurred the region’s operators onto ever higher levels.”
“Restaurants and bars created right here in the North are redefining what can be achieved in the local food and drink scene, both creatively and commercially, it is quite simply the best time ever to be a Northern foodie,” continued Thom.
A panel of Northern hospitality experts in the fields of hospitality finance, property, law and consultancy deliberated and cogitated through hours of research and judging. The prestige of sealing a place on the list matters more than ever with those included becoming part of the influential NRB Top 50 Alumni association as well as receiving VIP invitations to events including the exclusive NRB Debate and the Too Many Critics Manchester dinner.
A consummate professional, through Aagrah Aslam has been instrumental in helping to raise close to £2million for local, regional, national and international charities. Not content with the business sector, Aslam has done much to nourish the industry at a grass roots level. He is the founder of the South Asian Chef of the Year Competition, set up 10 years go which recognises and awards talented chefs across the country. Through this project he has unlocked much of the hidden potential in Asian communities. He has written and produced training programmes for budding chefs in Aagrah restaurants and for Leeds City College English Further Education Sector in Indian/Kashmiri Cuisine making sure students know exactly what it is that sets this type of cuisine apart. He has also written two Kashmiri cookery books. Aslam takes all these roles very seriously, especially his commitment to staff and his legions of loyal customers.