ANAND OF MADHUS AWARDED MBE
(29 June 2007)
Anand, of Indian restaurant Madhus, has
been awarded an MBE, in the Queen's birthday honours
list, for services to the hospitality industry.
Sanjay Anands contribution to the £3.2billion
Indian restaurant industry* has continuously been
recognised by the array of industry accolades
he has collected throughout his career. His previous
accolades include being the winner of Best
UK Restaurant at The 2004 Cobra Good Curry
Guide Awards, being nominated at the 2005 Tio
Pepe ITV London Restaurant Awards in the Indian
Restaurant of the Year category, winning
a Best In Britain Award for being best
in the restaurant category, winning Industry
Personality of the Year at the 2004 BIBA
Awards, in association with The Real Curry Restaurant
Guide and more recently Sanjay won the Best Outside
Caterer Award at 2007 Cobra Good Curry Guide Awards.
Sanjay Anand, in speaking
about collecting the MBE says: I am thrilled
to have received this coveted award. It is a great
honour since it is a huge accolade for the hospitality
industry. Considering our humble beginnings never
did we anticipate this type of recognition for
our work. It is truly rewarding to see the fruits
of our labour recognised in such an honorary way.
Sanjay started the business
as a 17 year-old Punjabi who enlisted his mother
as head chef in the 36-seat restaurant. Today,
Madhus in Middlesex is a two level restaurant
that attracts gourmet diners and celebrities from
With forefathers originally
from India , in the 1930s Sanjays grandparents
moved to Nairobi , North Kenya, to set up their
family empire. The Brilliant Hotel
was where Sanjays late father made his name
with his exceptional and unmatchable cooking talent.
With Kenyan political unrest in the 1970s, the
Anands moved to the UK and with this move,
the empire followed. Madhus Brilliant restaurant
opened on the 28th November 1980, with the aid
of Sanjay, aged 17 and his brother Sanjeev, 16.
The rest as they say is history.
In the first four years of
the restaurant opening, the clientele was mostly
Asian, however after Madhus received countless
awards and positive reviews, including Timeout
and The Good Food Guide, many non-Asians now dine
at the fine restaurant. The Indian Hyatt trained
chefs cook some of the Anand signature dishes,
Punjabi cuisine with a unique Kenyan Asian twist.
Following a disastrous fire
in 2002, Sanjay refurbished the restaurant with
a chic new style that now includes a calming water
feature underneath the glass floor at the entrance,
black granite features, modern high chairs and
polished floorboards. Moving from strength to
strength, Madhus is established in the catering
industry as the top UK Asian outside caterer.