Arrest Warrant issued for Celebrity Chef Tommy Miah

A Dhaka court has issued an arrest warrant for well-known celebrity chef Tommy Miah in a case relating to fraud.

Arrest Warrant issued for Chef Tommy Miah f

he claimed that the British-Bangladeshi chef did not pay

A Dhaka court has issued an arrest warrant for celebrity chef Tommy Miah and his company Tommy Miah’s Hospitality Management Institute Managing Director Tajul Islam in a case filed over fraud.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mahabub Ahmed passed the order after a hearing.

The plaintiff’s lawyer, Md Rubel Mia, confirmed the matter on November 9, 2022.

On June 26, 2022, the company’s former marketing advisor SM Ali Zaker filed the case.

Later, the court recorded the statement of the plaintiff and summoned the accused to appear before it.

According to the case statement, Ali Zaker was appointed at Tommy Miah’s Hospitality Management Institute as a marketing advisor on a contractual basis on December 29, 2021.

He worked there for four months, from January 1 to April 30.

But he claimed that the British-Bangladeshi chef did not pay the Tk 4.28 Lakh (£3,500) owed to him according to the contract.

Ali Zaker also mentioned in the statement that he received death threats from the accused when he asked for his rightful money on March 29, 2022.

On the same day, he filed a GD (general diary) at Banani Police Station.

After that, Ali Zaker sent a legal notice to the accused on June 1 asking for the money. There have been no further updates on the case.

Tommy Miah is a well-known chef and in September 2022, he claimed to have added a secret Bangladeshi menu to Aberdeen Kitchen.

He said: “Do you like Indian food? Are you sure?

“There is a good chance the curries you love are cooked by chefs from Bangladesh, the often-overlooked South Asian country that has heavily influenced the Indian culinary scene in the UK for decades.

“Ninety per cent of so-called Indian restaurants in the UK are owned and managed by Bangladeshi while being on a global tour in his ambassadorial role on behalf of the Bangladeshi government.

“I want to show the whole culture, the history and especially the food. Not many people know what Bangladesh is all about.”

This is not the first time that he has been embroiled in controversy.

In 2019, a struggling restaurant linked to Tommy Miah faced legal action from staff who had claimed to be owed £25,000 in unpaid wages.

Unite the union had taken up their cause while some staff independently pursued the restaurant through the tribunal courts and reported bosses for breaking the minimum wage law.

Tanim is studying MA in Communication, Culture, and Digital Media. Her favorite quote is " Figure out what you want and learn how to ask for it."