A former Banbury schoolboy has brought a taste of our town to his award-winning restaurant in New York.
Julian Mohamed was born in Banbury but has lived in the ‘city that never sleeps’ for a decade, opening his restaurant Dear Bushwick a couple of years ago.
His quirky business has been getting rave reviews from magazines and newspapers alike, and inside his Banburian childhood is still remembered thanks to nostalgic pictures of Banbury Cross and a picture representing the famous nursery rhyme Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross.
And before Mr Mohamed moved across the Atlantic he worked at Tesco and Faccenda in Brackley during the summer holidays, and studied at Banbury’s Blessed George Napier RC Schoo.
He said: “The standard of food in New York is very high, so I wanted to avoid what people tend to assume British food is – bangers and mash, steak and kidney pie. Instead we went with a more rustic British fare which is more representative of the quality of English restaurants today.”
Soon after opening Mr Mohamed’s restaurant featured in the New York Times, won the Time Out New York award for Best New Neighbourhood Restaurant and was selected as a Bib Gourmand Pick by the Michelin Guide.
Mr Mohamed is also in the process of opening a new cocktail bar next door to Dear Bushwick, called Yours Sincerely.
And while the story is about a child leaving a small town to make it in the big city, he has learned a lot since his move to the US.
He added: “You can take the boy out of Banbury but you can’t take Banbury out of the boy. If you asked me what I’ve learned, I’d say ‘Anything is possible’. If you have an idea just do it, in the act of doing it you’ll learn so much, and most importantly you’ll develop a confidence that allows you to generally believe you can achieve anything you want.”
Visit www.dearbushwick.com for more information.