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Chef donates to hospital that nursed him

Tommy MiahScottish-Bangladeshi entrepreneur Tommy Miah emerged from treatment in Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary with a desire get back into the kitchen – and with a promise to those who nursed him back to health.

He has pledged a major donation from his new restaurant to the ward where he recovered from a burst appendix.

And he was able to turn to his new neighbour in Blackhall – Sir Tom Farmer – to perform the opening ceremony at the restaurant which is adjacent to the Scottish entrepreneur’s tyre and exhaust business.

Scotland has been Mr Miah’s home since 1981 and he opened his first restaurant at the age of 21. The Verandah and The Raj are well known in the city.

He also set up and runs the International Indian Chef of the Year Competition, to promote innovation and quality in Indian cooking. The competition attracts 5000 entrants from around the world.

Speaking about his pledge to the ERI, he said: “I vowed to give something back to the great people that saw me back to full health last year when I suffered a burst appendix.

“During my recovery I stepped back and realised I wanted to get back into what I am passionate about – hospitality, and so I decided to start a new The Raj restaurant.”


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