Charity Fundraising Dinner in Memory of Liam Alexander

Matin Khan, who runs two restaurants on the outskirts of Edinburgh, has been named the UK’s top curry chef by the industry’s trade magazine.

Executive Chef of Itihaas in Dalkeith and The Radhuni in Loanhead, he was given the accolade on Sunday 15 October in front of an audience of 500 at the Curry Life Awards at the Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair.

In a double triumph for Scotland, Radhuni was awarded the title of the UK’s best curry restaurant.

Since Matin opened the 80 seat Itihaas in 2007 its titles have included Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year, Best South Asian Restaurant, and Restaurant of the Year in the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Awards.

His son Habibur, who accepted the award on his behalf, has managed Radhuni since it opened in 2011. At the age of 23 in 2019 he became the youngest person to win a major award in the British Curry Awards.

The audience at the awards, which celebrate the best of the UK’s multi-billion-pound curry industry, included Minister for London Paul Scully, former UK Health Secretary Baroness Virginia Bottomley, her MP husband Sir Peter (longest serving Member of the House of Commons), four other MPs and Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer and a former President of the Confederation of British Industry. The event was hosted by ITV news presenter Lucrezia Millarini.

A chef for over 40 years, Matin was born in Bangladesh.  After his family moved to Cambridge when he was a teenager, he began honing his cooking skills in the family home.

“It’s a great honour to be described as the finest curry chef in the United Kingdom,” he commented. “There are so many wonderful chefs working in thousands of restaurants all over the country that I am truly humbled and very proud. My emphasis has always been on developing authentic recipes and working with the finest kitchen and front of house staff.”

The 120-seat Radhuni (its name means ‘passionate cook’) is one of only three Indian-style restaurants in Scotland to have been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence.

Regularly placed in the British Curry Awards’ “Hot 100”, it was named Scottish Curry Restaurant of the Year in 2020 and 2021 and in July this year took the same title in the Scottish Restaurant Awards.

Habibur Khan commented: “These are remarkable achievements for my father and the restaurants he established. His legacy is assured. Helped by my father’s guidance, the team at Radhuni have worked tirelessly and with great skill to create a constantly first class dining experience. We are overwhelmed by this latest honour.”

Curry Life magazine reaches 10,000 Indian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Pakistani restaurants serving millions of customers a year.

The ‘curry industry’ is said to account for two thirds of all eating out in the UK. Indian-style restaurants get through more than 200,000 tonnes of rice a year.

Itihaas will be hosting a special charity fundraising dinner in memory of Liam Alexander who sadly passed away in May 2018.
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The dinner will be held on Wednesday 26 September 2018 between 5-11pm. It will consist of a special one-off menu (see below) that represents Liam for £20 per person. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to charity.
Liam’s family wished to share a few thoughts on Liam:
“Liam was a special lad who was like no other, was always there when you needed him and was always up for a laugh, but he never truly knew how much his friends cared and loved him, we just wish we’d showed the love and thoughts for him back then like we are now so he did know how much he meant to us. This menu has been set specially to represent Liam.”
Please make every effort to attend and please share with your family and friends. Thank you.
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Eat for Liam Menu


Onion birds nest Bhaji / Onion Bhaji
Love an Indian Lamb / or Chicken Kebab

Main Courses

Chicken Cheeky Masala / Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken or Lamb it’s hot in here Madras
Chicken or Lamb no Tomato Jalfrezi
Chicken or Lamb get a few jabs in Korma


That Yelly Rice / Pilau
Nae Mushroom in ma Rice / Mushroom Rice
Any Rice will dae / Rice of your choice


777777 Garlic Naan/ Garlic Naan
I’m going to the gym / Plain Naan

Adult £20.00
Children under 15 years old £10.00

Includes 1 Glass wine or 1/2 Pint Lager or 1 Soft Drink

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