Cyrus Todiwala receives special award at Craft Guild of Chefs Awards

With acknowledgements to Caterer & Hotelkeeper, we are delighted to reproduce a very exciting piece of good news!

Article by Kerstin  Kühn, Restaurant Editor
Thursday 14 June 2012

Celebrated Indian chef-restaurateur Cyrus Todiwala was awarded the special award at last night’s Craft Guild of Chefs awards.

Todiwala, who owns Café Spice Namaste and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen together with his wife Pervin, was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

A Catey and two-time Springboard Special award winner and recipient of an MBE and OBE, the Craft Guild of Chefs special award is the latest in a string of accolades for Todiwala, who recently cooked lunch for the Queen as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

The inaugural armed services chef award was presented to Royal Airforce Flight Sergeant Mark Sweeney, personal chef to the RAF’s chief of the air staff at his London residence.

The pub chef award went to former Acorn Scholar Rob Hartwell, head chef at the Peach Pub Company’s Rose and Crown in Warwick.

Michael Kitts, director of culinary arts at the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, won the People’s Choice award. This award recognises a person who has made a growing impression on colleagues but who did not quite fit the criteria for a blue ribbon award.

The new restaurant of the year award went to Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social, which last October picked up a Michelin star less than a year after opening.

Craft Guild of Chefs vice-president Steve Munkley said every 2012 winning chef was not only a great cook, but used great innovation and initiative to excel in their particular sector.

“To win a Craft Guild of Chefs award, you have to be more than just handy in the kitchen, you need that extra, stand-out ingredient,” he said. “Every winner in this year’s awards can lay claim to this and thoroughly deserves their place in the association’s hall of fame.”

The Craft Guild of Chefs awards, now in their 19th year, took place at Wembley Stadium last night.

To view Cyrus’ acceptance speech visit

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