(according to moi)

“I was born in England to Indian parents and sent off to India to be educated as my parents wanted me to stay in touch with their roots. This provided a good British education, which left me speaking English with a public school accent and Hindi with an English accent. A hybrid torn between two worlds.

My father passed away when I was just 16 and I took over the running of our family business, The Star of India Restaurant. I inherited a piece of 1950′s London, flock wallpaper and all, and set about inflicting my own brand of artistic flourish. Voila; from flock to Baroque!

But with my inimitable concentration span of approximately five minutes, another revamp promptly followed. This time a cross between a Zeffirelli production and the Sistine Chapel.

The years spent managing The Star of India established the restaurant as an institution and enabled me to explode onto the restaurant and food scene.

Of course I have always been in involved in Indian cooking and yet I love to experiment with foods from all around the world, adding elements and ingredients that bring a new dimension to a traditional dish. I am a firm believer in bringing a personal touch to cooking.

Managing a restaurant does have some perks. A regular customer at The Star happened to be a television director. We got talking and he came up with the idea of doing a cookery programme with me and the then Goddess of Indian cookery; Madhur Jaffrey.

I first came to the public’s attention on UKTV Food Channel’s Delhi Belly with Sanjeev Bhaskar, the star of Goodness Gracious Me/The Kumars. This then lead on to Coconut Coast, United States of Reza and A Place in France, one of the more bizarre ideas for a TV show.

Aside from cooking, I lean towards the arts and have a passion for music. I have come to realize that food and music are linked. A symphony of taste which feeds the senses is like beautiful music which nourishes the soul.”