Bombay-born Pervin Todiwala is at the centre of one of the most dynamic and enduring family businesses in the UK’s £3 billion Asian cuisine industry. She is co-founder and patron of Cafe Spice Namaste, the Indian restaurant she set up in London with Cyrus Todiwala 18 years ago. A consistent holder of a Michelin BIB Gourmand award, in 2013 Café Spice Namaste was named the Asian Restaurant Business of the Year at the annual Asian Business Awards. She is also Operations Director of Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at Hilton London Heathrow T5.
A trained chef, Pervin graduated from Bombay’s prestigious Institute of Hotel Management in Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition (IMHCT), after which she joined the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel as a Chef de Partie. Through her various business activities, Pervin has effectively brought the rich and distinct Parsee culinary heritage to a wider audience.
Pervin is staunch advocate of Learning for Life, a UK-based charity supporting children’s education, health care and women’s empowerment in South Asia; a member of the Asian Restaurant Skills Board, which aims to encourage young talent to choose a career in Asian cuisine; and an Enterprise Champion of LeSoCo (previously Lewisham College).
In 2013, Pervin was made an Honorary Dame d’ Escoffier of the Les Dames d’Escoffier, a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food and hospitality.