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Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, Cafe Spice Namaste

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Was brilliant to catch up with Cyrus Todiwala, talking about his journey and lots of interesting topics relating to the hospitality industry.

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In this episode, Stelios & Cyrus Todiwala discuss his upbringing in Bombay, his journey into being a chef where it is frowned upon at the time in India. 

We talk about how his career as a chef brings him to the UK and how he takes a massive interest in training, we discuss cooking oils, meats that have fallen out of favour and how he feels about negative reviews on the likes of trip advisor. 

Cyrus is a fascinating chap, he had a bucket full of knowledge, and it was a delight talking to him. 

Short Biography of Cyrus Todiwala:

Cyrus Rustom Todiwala OBE, DL, (born 16 October 1956), is an Indian British chef proprietor of Café Spice Namasté and a celebrity television chef. He trained at the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces chain in India, and rose to become executive chef for eleven restaurants within those hotels. He moved to the UK in 1991 with his family, and after some initial financial difficulties after taking over a restaurant, Michael Gottlieb invested allowing Todiwala to open Café Spice Namasté in 1995, for which he is best known.

He has subsequently launched a range of condiments and sauces called Mr Todiwala’s, and a second restaurant called Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, which is located at the Hilton at Heathrow Airport near Terminal 5. He was awarded an MBE in 2000, and an OBE in 2009. He has been awarded an honorary doctorate and been made an honorary professor. In 2012, he cooked for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. He has appeared on multiple television and radio shows such as the BBC radio 1 Saturday cook show.

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