Glasgow curry chef Raj Bajwe has received his MBE from the Queen for services to hospitality and charity at an investiture ceremony Holyrood Palace last month.
56-year-old Raj worked as general manager at Glasgow’s famous Café India curry house. During his time there, he served an array of showbusiness royalty including Billy Connolly, Michael Jackson, Sean Connery, Keanu Reeves, Mel Gibson and Elton John.
The father of two described receiving the award, which he said he was calling his ‘poppagong’, as “a tremendous honour”. He was joined at the event by his wife Kamaljeet along with his children Ruby (7) and Aaron (1).
Raj was born in Kenya, moved to Scotland when he was four and has worked in Indian restaurants since he was 13 when Sultan Ansari gave him a job at the Shenaz in Glasgow.
He was nominated for the award by his sister Ranjip who said he is a working class man who has done so much for charity and helped make Glasgow the curry capital of the UK.