Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL
A highly respected restaurateur, author, educationist, entrepreneur and sustainability campaigner, Cyrus is Chef Patron of Café Spice Namaste in the City of London, as well as Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 and at the newly opened Lincoln Plaza London. He is also known as one half of the BBC2 series ‘The Incredible Spice Men’ and appears regularly on BBC Saturday Kitchen and the BBC Food Programme. Cyrus has long been a friend of MCS, and seafood, since he unveiled a one-off menu based on British seasonal and sustainable seafood at an event to help raise funds for the charity.
Immigrating to London from Bombay with Pervin Todiwala in the early 1990’s with little more than a few suitcases, his culinary gifts and boundless energy ensured that their restaurant, Café Spice Namaste, helped reshape Britain’s then limited expectations of Indian cuisine, impressing the food cognoscenti and inspiring generations of Indian chefs. Today, Café Spice Namaste is the longest running Michelin BIB restaurant in the world.
A pioneer as well as an innovator, Cyrus is a staunch advocate of education and training, social responsibility, sustainability, buying British, food waste, the environment and healthy eating. He has won several environmental awards including the Sustainability Champion award from the London Chamber of Commerce/Corporation of London.
As well as his many achievements in the culinary world, Cyrus is also passionate about marine conservation. He says: “I have been involved in the area of marine conservation since 1983 when I worked with the Government of Goa on a number of environmental initiatives, including helping to achieve protected status for turtles and dugongs. This led to my appointment as Honorary Wildlife Warden for the State of Goa.
“I have always been extremely aware of the environmental challenges and difficulties such as over-fishing in India and elsewhere, and I truly believe that education is key to conservation. We have to make more people aware of the need to protect our natural resources, and this includes encouraging people to choose sustainable sources of seafood. It is therefore a privilege to be an Ocean Ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society and to champion the excellent work that they do.”