From ‘Chef of Genius’ to ‘Creator of the classiest curries in the city’ and in 2014 ‘BBC Food Personality of the year’ – This Bombay-born Parsee chef has been called all manner of good things, but the co-patron with wife Pervin Todiwala of Café Spice Namaste, Mr Todiwala’s kitchen, the Park Café on Victoria Park East and the newly opened Assado in London Waterloo still has his feet very much on the ground…running.
He cooks, teaches, runs three successful restaurants and does more than his fair bit for charity and the community, but Cyrus’ restless, entrepreneurial soul means he’s never going to stand still.
Despite being a hands-on chef, he’s managed to slot in regular appearances on BBC Saturday Kitchen and other media channels. In autumn 2013, Cyrus Todiwala teamed up with Scottish Chef Tony Singh in the hit prime time series on BBC2, ‘The Incredible Spice Men’.
A passionate campaigner for sustainability and buying British, Café Spice Namaste's list of green awards includes the Sustainable Food Award from the Corporation of London and a 'Special Achievement Award' for his commitment to the environment from the Footprint Forum.
Cyrus sits on a number of boards including the London Food Board, under the Mayor's office, and the Hospitality Guild. He is a member of the Asian Restaurant Skills Board, which aims to raise the prestige and profile of the Asian cuisine industry as a career choice – a cause very close to his heart, having opened the pioneering Asian & Oriental School of Catering in 2000, which went on to inspire others chefs to open their own training restaurants.
He is an active Ambassador of Springboard UK, the industry careers charity, an Enterprise Champion of LeSoCo and an Honorary Professor of the University of West London. He also holds an Honorary Doctorate from London Metropolitan University.
Cyrus was awarded an MBE by HM The Queen for services to education & training and an OBE for his contribution to the hospitality industry.
He has successfully received numerous awards – the Food Personality of the Year title was awarded at 2014 BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards and the Best Restaurant Business at the 2013 Asian Business Awards. He is also a recipient of the special award from the Craft Guild of Chefs. Additionally, Chef Cyrus Todiwala has published several books, some of which have been nominated for awards including ‘Mr Todiwala’s Bombay: Recipes and Memories from India’, which was nominated for a 2013 World Food Awards Cookbook of the Year.
In 2013, he launched The Junior Asian Chef’s Challenge (since renamed Zest Quest Asia) with the Master Chefs of Great Britain, to attract students into careers in Asian Cuisine.
“I am delighted to be supporting the work of HEART UK. Raising awareness of high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease is personally very close to my heart and very important. I look forward to a long and happy partnership together.”