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News & Views Restaurant figures get MBEs


A leading figure in the Bangladeshi restaurant industry, who opened his first business in Dover, has been named in the New Year Honours list. President of the Bangladesh Caterers Association, Bajloor Rashid has been awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.


Mr Rashid, who opened his first restaurant 1987, now runs a chain of businesses in Kent and London. On finding out he was on the New Year’s Honours list, he said: “It’s a great honour for me and has made all the hard work worthwhile. I’m very proud.”


Other members of the hospitality industry who were given an award included catering consultant Vic Laws who was also awarded an MBE. . Mr Laws founded AVL Consultancy in 1986 and was instrumental in setting up the catering companies of Mediclean (now ISS) and Taylorplan (which later became part of Sodexo). Two years later he became heavily involved with local authorities when Compulsive Competitive Tendering (CCT) was introduced.


AVL was later appointed to take over the administration of the Local Authorities Caterers Association (LACA) and subsequently added the Association of Catering Excellence (ACE) and Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) to its portfolio.


Mr Laws is also the restaurant ambassador for the Clink, the public restaurant set up inside Her Majesty’s Prison High Down, in Sutton, as well as an active member of a number of industry associations including the Institute of Hospitality and the Academy of Culinary Arts. He is the Conseiller Culinaire of le Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in Great Britain, a member of the Réunion des Gastronomes, a founding friend of


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the Academy of Culinary Arts and Past President of the Institute of Hospitality. He is also a Chevalier of the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or.


Mr Laws said he was delighted to be granted this honour and accepted not just for his services to the hospitality industry but also as recognition of the “ever increasing important role that consultants play in the sector”.


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Spice Business Magazine 17 January 2012


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