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 Chef Patron of Cafe Spice Namaste, Mr Todiwala's Kitchen, Assado and The Park Café in Victoria Park East 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. He’s never said no to a challenge, whether it’s leaving a secure Executive Chef role in the Taj Group of Hotels in Goa 21 years ago to start all over in the UK, or bravely daring to combine flavours, spices and ingredients in ways no other Indian chef has done before.
Today, Cyrus is the proud recipient of a Craft Guild of Chefs 'Special Award and has been made Fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and the Master Chefs of Great Britain. Cafe Spice Namaste, which is entering its 20th year, won the Best Asian Restaurant Business Award at the 2013 Asian Business Awards. And Cyrus is one of only a handful of British Asian chefs with an entry in the Who's Who.