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|Native name||এনাম আলি|
|Born||1 December 1960|
Sylhet Division, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
|Residence||Tadworth, Epsom Downs, Surrey, England|
|Education||Hospitality and Management|
|Notable work||Le Raj Restaurant,|
Spice Business Magazine,
The British Curry Awards
|Parent(s)||Late Al-Haj M Ali (father)|
Mrs N Khanom (mother)
Ali was born in Sylhet Division, East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). In 1974, he went to the United Kingdom to study law but decided to pursue a degree in Hospitality and Management. While studying he worked part-time for the Taj Mahal restaurant group. In 1980, he earned an international fellowship from the Institute of Hospitality, and in 1990, he earned a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.
In 1998, Ali launched Spice Business Magazine, a quarterly trade publication featuring articles in English and Bengali with information on the restaurant sector as well as community news. The magazine average quarterly readership was more than 100,000.
In 2012, the restaurant he founded, Le Raj, was selected as one of the official food suppliers of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games. It supplied Bangladeshi halal curry and iftar during Ramadan for 17 days during the Olympics.
Ali became a director and president of the British-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce, which was created in 1991. He is a contributor and consultant for the hospitably industry, focusing on curry cuisine.
In 2016, Ali expressed plans to launch Le Raj Academy, a catering academy, in partnership with North East Surrey College of Technology. He launched a 24-hour TV channel, ION, to strengthen the British curry industry.
Awards and recognition
In 2008, he was a member of the Home Office Hospitality sector advisory panel, which ensures fairness in the treatment of the restaurant industry, by that department and by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
In 2011, Ali became the first Muslim and the first representative of the British curry industry to be granted Freedom of the City of London, in recognition of his contribution to the hospitality industry. In the same year, he was awarded Best Business Personality of the Year by his local area of Epsom and Ewell at their Business Excellence Awards, in recognition of his contributions hosting charitable events, raising more than £1.02 million over the previous 26 years.
In August 2018, Institute of Hospitality recognises contribution made by Mr Ali Contribution to the Industry and among the most prominent British Asian personalities and the man behind revolutionary change in the curry industry.
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