Cyrus Todiwala has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree by London Metropolitan University.
The chef patron of Café Spice Namaste in London was decorated for his outstanding contribution to the international hospitality and catering industry. During his career he has been executive chef of the Taj Holiday Village, the Fort Aguada Beach Resort and the Aguada Hermitage in Goa. He came to London and opened Café Spice Namaste in the mid-nineties.
Presenting the degree, Bob Morgan, head of the London Metropolitan Business School, recognised Todiwala's contribution to the industry and his "support for providing training and development opportunities for young people and adults."
Todiwala said: "I am deeply honoured to receive this honorary degree and only wish my mother could have been here. Education is perhaps one of the most valuable assets we can have in our lifetime, and once we have it, no one can take it away from us. That goes for both academic and vocational education, which must have equal esteem."
A keen environmentalist, Todiwala is a champion of sustainable produce and buying British.
By James Stagg
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