Who: Britain’s Curry King Lord Gulam Noon
Where: London, Britain
When: 27 October 2015
One of Britain’s most well-known Indian-origin peers, Lord Gulam Noon on 27 October 2015 passed away in London due to liver cancer. He was 79.
Known as the Curry King, Noon founded the Noon Products business, which is credited with the popularity of chicken tikka masala in Britain.
Lord Gulam Noon was born on 24 January 1936 in Mumbai. He travelled to Britain in 1964 and emigrated there permanently in 1972. He established Noon Products in Britain in September 1987 and manufactured chilled and frozen Indian and Thai ready meals, mainly for UK supermarkets.
Noon was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2002 Birthday Honours. In November 2009, he was awarded with an Honorary Degree from the University of East London. In 2013, he was appointed as the chancellor of the University of East London.