In addition to all things culinary, his family and — most definitely — the environment, Cyrus’ great passion is education and training.
He is passionate about widening opportunities for people, young and old, working in British industry but particularly in the hospitality and catering sector.
His commitment to training and development goes back a long way. In the 1990s, Cyrus became a member of the National Advisory Counsel for Education and Training Targets. His role included working closely with government and key partners on a national strategy for promoting the importance of learning throughout life and monitoring progress towards Learning Targets. He was also involved in widening access to National and Scottish Vocational Qualifications for Asian Restaurants. The Asian and Oriental School of Catering in Hoxton, a precursor to several training restaurants that followed, was the brainchild of Cyrus and two fellow restaurateurs.
Cyrus certainly practises what he preaches closer to home. Cafe Spice Namaste was the first restaurant to achieve Investors in People ‘Champion’ status, a distinction which led to an inivitation to become a non-executive member of the IiP Board. The restaurant was also one of the first, if not the first, Indian restaurant to win a National Training Award.
He continues to be involved in a number of local, sector-wide and education and training programmes and initiatives. These include work in Tower Hamlets and board membership of the Hospitality Skills Academy.
Cyrus is currently a Trustee of Learning for Life, a charity dedicated to improving educational opportunities for young people in the Sub-Continent and Afghanistan. He is also President of Time & Talents Association, which looks after vulnerable groups in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. He is an active Ambassador of the Springboard Charity, which promotes careers in the UK hospitality and tourism industry.
In 2001, Cyrus received an MBE for his services to education and training. In 2010, he was awarded an OBE for services to the hospitality industry. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in 2008.
For more information on Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, contact Pervin Todiwala on 020 7488 9242 or Gina McAdam on 078796 49030 .