Cyrus was born and raised in Bombay. Rising to become Corporate Executive Chef of the famous Taj Groups, he left India and in 1995 opened Café Spice Namasté in Whitechapel with his wife Pervin. 23 years later it remains a favourite with Londoners and visitors from across the globe, including The New York Times food writer, Mark Bittman, who called it his favourite ‘no fuss’ Indian restaurant in London. It is also the longest holder of the coveted Bib Gourmand standard in the Michelin Guide.
In 2011 Cyrus used his experience and reputation to launch Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen in west London.
Cyrus has been invited to represent both the UK and the world of Indian cuisine in various international festivals. In March 2012, he also organised and cooked the very first Diamond Jubilee Luncheon, serving HM The Queen with his own version of ‘The Country Captain’, an Indian twist on our traditional Shepherd’s Pie.
The author of five successful cookbooks and creator of a product range, his regular media appearances include everything from Saturday Kitchen to Pointless. In 2013 Cyrus partnered with Tony Singh to present their own BBC Two cookery series, The Incredible Spice Men: Todiwala And Singh.
Cyrus is committed to investing in the development of skills and opportunities amongst his staff and educational opportunities among young people. He is also an active supporter of a host of charities, including Action Against Hunger and Clink.
The recipient of a host of awards, both for his work as a chef and as a passionate campaigner for sustainability and buying British, Cyrus was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London by HM the Queen in 2009, the first chef to be so honoured. A year later he was awarded an OBE for services to the hospitality Industry.