Lord Gulam Kaderbhoy Noon, popularly known as Britain’s ‘Çurry King’, died on Tuesday (27th October, 2015), at the age of 79. He had been battling with liver cancer for the past few years. He had briefly recovered following chemotherapy but his recently health deteriorated, leading to an ultimate collapse.
Mumbai-born Lord Noon is credited with incepting the 200-million pounds Noon Products Empire in Britain. Noon operated a number of food product companies in Southall, London specialising in Indian cuisine and is also credited with the popularity of “Chicken Tikka Masala” in Britain.
During mid-nineties, Noon became the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). He was later awarded with Knight Bachelor in the 2002 Birthday Honours. In 2011, he was created a life peer as ‘Baron Noon’, of St John's Wood in the London Borough of Camden and was also introduced in the House of Lords, where he sat on the Labour benches. In January 2013, Lord Noon was appointed as the chancellor of the University of East London.
While mourning the death, the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said, “Gulam was a great character, brilliant businessman and above all someone dedicated to our country and its future. He was devoted to getting those of different religious faiths working together and was a wonderful role model in the Muslim community. He will be deeply mourned”. Senior British MP Keith Vaz said that the Asian community had “lost one of its greatest stars”. His condolence message read, "Rightly known as Britain's first 'Curry King', he brought curry to the high street. There are thousands of people in Britain, in India and throughout the world who have benefited from his enterprise, jobs he created, and his big heart. The world of cricket will also miss one of its most devoted followers". Interestingly, the food entrepreneur was very famous among international cricketers.