14 Mar, 2022
Kuti Miah, owner of the award-winning Kuti’s Brasserie, joins a growing number of supporters representing the city’s diverse and cultural make up.
After relocating to Southampton in 1980 from Bangladesh, and later becoming a British citizen, Kuti has carved out a prominent career in the restaurant industry. Kuti’s Brassiere first opened on London Road and Oxford Street in 1986 before launching at the iconic Royal Pier in 2006.
But Kuti’s passion for the city goes far beyond the foodie scene. He said: “I believe that Southampton is the true gateway to the world by air, road, rail – and water. One of the city’s best features is its stunning waterfront and international port. The sailing and luxury cruise liners are a sight to behold, and its International Boat Show has attracted visitors in their thousands over the years.”
Kuti joins the bid’s increasing cohort of local and national ambassadors including Craig David MBE, Bill Woodrow, Charlotte Edwards CBE, Baroness Floella Benjamin, Jenny Packham, Kate Prince MBE, Lawrie McMenemy MBE, Peter Hull MBE, Don John, Lynda Walton and Zakir Hussian to name just a few.
Ambassadors for Southampton’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2025, known as ‘Our People’, will be drawn from different parts of the city, representing the diverse voices and cultures from across Southampton.
Gemma Nichols, Commercial & Marketing Director for Southampton’s UK City of Culture 2025 bid said: “Kuti has been a huge part of the Southampton business community for more than forty years, and we are delighted to have him onboard as an ambassador, helping to champion our bid to become UK City of Culture 2025.”