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Cyrus Todiwala: A Life Through Food

From Mumbai childhood to pioneering London chef: Mr Todiwala's Life Through Food. A story involving the legendary dish Bombay Duck and an important connection with Freddie Mercury.

From Mumbai childhood to pioneering London chef, Mr Todiwala's Life Through Food; a story involving the legendary dish Bombay Duck and an important connection with Freddie Mercury.

After years spent cooking in India, first at the prestigious Taj Mahal hotel and then in Goa, Cyrus Todiwala moved to London with his wife Pervin and created one of the most influential south Asian restaurants in the UK, Café Spice Namaste.

With an emphasis on authentic regional classics including lamb dhaansaak and Goan prawn curry, for twenty five years Café Spice helped reshape Britain's understanding of Indian food. Cyrus and Pervin tell the story of how it all happened, why they were forced to close the original restaurant in 2020 and how it's being reborn and reinvented in another part of east London.

An important driving force in Cyrus's life (and his cooking) is his faith (Zoroastrianism) and his identity (as a member of India's Parsee community). He explains how they have both shaped his outlook on life and his work as a chef.

Produced and presented for BBC Audio in Bristol by Dan Saladino.

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  • Sun 27 Jun 2021 12:32
  • Mon 28 Jun 2021 15:30

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