Mohammad Jubair receives special recognition at the British Curry Awards

Ansar Ahmed Ullah

Mohammad Jubair, Chief Reporter of the UK based Bengali satellite Channel S has been handed special recognition for media coverage of the curry industry & community during the pandemic at this year’s British Curry Awards, which were hosted online for the first time.

Mohammad Jubair has been a selfless humanitarian & journalist for Channel S for many years. He has tirelessly kept the community well informed with his unique style of investigative and informative reporting, fair analysis, and delivering ground breaking stories on community including chef shortages, the vindaloo visa, restaurant closures, as well the continuous government guidelines policies surrounding the pandemic. His reports and work focus primarily on issues affecting the Black and minority ethnic and the Muslim community. Despite being extremely busy with his media production, Jubair still manages to make time for media based community work. A major part of his voluntary work occurred through London Bangla Press Club (LBPC), where he has been working tirelessly for the last seventeen years. He is currently the General Secretary.

The 16th annual ‘British Curry Oscars’ were held in association with Just Eat on 17 December. This year’s event was hosted by comedian Rory Bremner, with awards presented by high profile celebrities, such as model Caprice, Jess Wright from The Only Way is Essex, Love Island star Amy Hart, Rageh Omar TV broadcaster, TV chef Brian Turner and former tv news reader presenter Alistair Stewart. A host of politicians, including Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, former culture secretary Baroness Nicky Morgan, former business secretary Sir Vince Cable, and shadow international trade secretary Emily Thornberry, Chris Grayling MP also handed out prizes.

This year’s awards celebrated the industry’s unsung heroes of the pandemic, as well as the early ‘curry pioneers’ who created the industry in the 1960s and 1970s. The ceremony also acknowledged the many hundreds of thousands of meals the curry industry has given to essential workers, including those on the National Health Service frontline, since coronavirus reached the UK.

In an introduction for the awards, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “We are all experiencing very challenging times in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for the UK restaurant industry. It is therefore heartening and fitting that the theme for this year’s event is to reward and celebrate all the unsung heroes in the restaurant industry during the pandemic.”

British Curry Awards founder Enam Ali MBE said, “I am delighted that we have been able to keep the Curry Oscars going even through this traumatic time. The winners this year are among the most exceptional we have known, feeding our friends, loved ones, and those who have defended us throughout this awful pandemic.”

Mohammed Jubair said, “I am truly humbled & honoured for this recognition, but I am surprised as I was always on the opposite side of the stage of British curry awards, for the last 15 Years. I did report on so many winners, at this corvid-crisis time I am the recipient. As a journalist, I never thought I would be winner of curry Oscar, interestingly it is not for curry, but for my contribution within media for industry & community”.

Mohammed Jubair also received an award from Canary Wharf Group Plc in recognition of his leadership of the Press Club and contribution to the society. Additionally, he received Sunrise Today Media Awards and Eastwood Awards for ‘Best TV News Reporter’. He is listed as one of the British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration (BBPI) and recognised as British Bangladeshi Who’s Who.

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