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For our fourth mystery judge, this is a fourth appearance on our panel so it’s safe to say he has a penchant for Leicester’s curry. But wait, there’s more… This year, he will also be hosting Leicester Curry Awards 2020/21!

We’re excited to announce that the mystery judge and host is none other than ITV reporter, Rajiv Popat! Welcome back Rajiv, we’re happy to have you onboard again and we’re sure you’ll put on our biggest show yet.

Rajiv Popat is a successful reporter for ITV News Central and has more than 20 years’ experience working in radio and television. He has travelled across the globe to report stories from far-reaching destinations but now spends most of his time reporting on stories within the East Midlands. Rajiv Popat was also named ‘Regional Journalist of the Year’ at the 2019 Asian Media Awards.

On being host and judge, Rajiv says: “It’s been an absolute honour and a privilege to have been a judge at the awards since the start and it’s more important now, than before to celebrate the contribution of hundreds of Indian restaurants and takeaways in the city and county. For the first time, this year I’m also looking forward to hosting the awards.”  

In the run up to the event on 27 September 2021, we’ll be posting more updates so to be sure to follow our social media accounts for the most up-to-date news: @Leicestercurry