Restaurant owner in Punchbowl, Bashar Krayem, has won Man of the Year at the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards 2017. Mr Krayem has been working in the hospitality industry since he was 12 years old as a kitchen hand, and says he has always been fascinated with the food industry.
He admits he goes through difficulties as a business owner, however he always tries to look at challenges in a positive way. “There’s no such thing as failure… but you know what you learnt and you move forward, you just have to have drive,” he says.
“Once people see the truth side of Islam, they would then appreciate us, we don’t have to turn and change our opinion of what we believe in to impress other people and this is what I teach to my kids.”