Cyrus Todiwala

Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL was born and brought up in Mumbai (Bombay) India, where he graduated from the Catering College and trained as a chef with Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in India.

He moved to Europe in 1991, where he developed his hallmark style of blending traditional Indian culinary techniques and flavours with more unexpected ingredients.

He is Proprietor and Executive Chef of the Café Spice Namasté restaurant, consults for the Tesco Finest range, manages two other restaurants – The Parsee in Highgate and Cafe T in New Cavendish Street – and has been credited with an innovative and fresh approach to Indian cuisine.

Already an MBE in 2000 Cyrus was awarded an OBE in the 2010 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to the hospitality industry and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London.


Cyrus has authored many books International Cuisine: IndiaCafe Spice Namaste: New Wave Indian Cuisine & Indian Summer and has his own award winning product line- Mr Todiwala’s Splendidly Spicy Pickles & Chutneys (available from In January 2010, his Mr Todiwala’s Fabulously Flavoursome range of Indian cooking sauces was launched in Selfridges in London. Alongside his wife Pervin, Cyrus runs Café Spice Namasté. Renowned for its innovative and fresh Indian cuisine, Café Spice Namasté is one of the most highly awarded Indian restaurants in the UK today.



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