IT TAKES FLAIR and imagination to cover the curry industry during a pandemic, as caterers respond to lockdown after lockdown – all with ever changing restriction.
However, Channel S reporter Mohammed Jubair has risen to the challenge – and he has received a special award in recognition of his efforts. Jubair was credited with reporting on stories such as chef shortages, the vindaloo visa and restaurant closures. His stories keep the BAME and especially the Muslim community informed with a reporting style based on investigation and fair analysis.
Alongside his own work as a reporter and presenter, Jubair spends his own time encouraging others who work in the media. He has been involved with the London Bangla Press Club for 17 years and is currently serving his second term as the elected General Secretary.
The award was presented at the British Curry Awards , held in association with Just Eat. It was the 16th Awards ceremony, but the first to be held online. The event was hosted by Rory Bremner. After an introduction from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, celebrities and politicians queued up to present awards.
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 and honoured by this recognition, but I am surprised as I was always on the other side of the stage at the British Curry Awards. For the last 15 years I have reported on so many winners – and now, at this Covid-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 the industry and our community.”
The special award from the British Curry Awards in recognition of his media coverage of the curry industry is not the only recognition that this popular broadcaster has received recently. He received an award from the Canary Wharf Group Plc in recognition of his leadership of the Press Club and contribution to the society. He was also named the “Best TV News Reporter” at the Sunrise Today Media Awards and Eastwood Awards. He has been included in the British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration (BBPI) List and recognised as British Bangladeshi in Who’s Who.