With a global reputation as one of the masters of Indian fine dining, Vivek Singh’s signature culinary style marries modern Indian flavours with Western techniques. Executive Chef & CEO of three restaurants across London, author of five cookbooks and a regular face on both television and live cookery events across the country, Vivek Singh is one of the most inspiring Indian chefs of his generation.
Singh earned his chef whites at catering college in India before joining the
ranks of the Oberoi Hotel Group as a specialist in his native Indian cuisine.
First working gruelling shifts at their flight kitchens helping to produce 2,000
airline meals a day, he then moved on to the Grand Hotel in Kolkata, where
he was fast-tracked to become the Indian chef of the group’s flagship Rajvilas in Jaipur – voted one of the world’s most luxurious hotels by Tatler.
Singh’s culinary career then brought him to the UK where he formed a friendship with restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab. The pair bonded over how well Indian flavours married with Western culinary styles and soon it was clear that London needed to taste what Wahhab and Singh were cooking up.
The Cinnamon Club first opened its doors in 2001 at the historic Old Westminster Library and has been redefining the expectations of Indian cooking ever since. Vivek liberated Indian food from its traditional shackles and crafted a brilliant marriage between Indian flavours and western fine dining styles.
With critical acclaim came consumer demand and Vivek wrote The Cinnamon Club cookbook in 2003, quickly followed by his second publication in 2006, The Cinnamon Club Seafood Cookbook, and a third, Curry: Classic and Contemporary in 2008. In the same year, Vivek opened his second restaurant in London, Cinnamon Kitchen. Located on Devonshire Square – rather fittingly within the former warehouses of the East India Tea Company and a stone’s throw from London Liverpool Street station – the restaurant is the City’s first tandoor bar and grill and also includes the chic, spice-infused cocktail bar, Anise.
In March 2011, The Cinnamon Club marked its first decade of service whilst also serving its millionth customer. Now a benchmark for fine dining Indian restaurants around the world, The Cinnamon Club’s
reputation has spread across the globe and Vivek has even taken the restaurant to New York City where he staged a pop-up in 2012 at Desmond’s on the Upper West Side.
Adding to an already monumental year, Vivek powered through 2012 by opening his third restaurant – the casual, trendy and relaxed Cinnamon Soho, specialising in comfort classics and sharing plates. His fourth cookbook, Cinnamon Kitchen: The Cookbook, followed before the end of the year alongside a re-launch of destination cocktail bar Anise.
In recent years, Vivek – showing no signs of slowing down – launched the Indian street food concept ‘Joho Soho’, a shabby-chic mobile street food stand travelling the country serving spicy, flavour-filled dishes at some of the UK’s biggest festivals and events catering for the foodie crowds. His most recent cookbook, Spice at Home, published by Absolute Press in late 2014, combines recipes from his home both in India and the UK, and connects the two cultures with spice and technique. Vivek also accepted an honorary degree from the University of Warwick for his significant contribution to the culinary landscape of London and the development of Indian cuisine across the United Kingdom. Celebrating its 50th year, the University honoured those who drove change through independent thinking and exceptional professional achievement. 2016 promises to be just as exciting for Vivek and his
team, as The Cinnamon Club celebrates its 15th anniversary.
Widely regarded as one of the most articulate and inspiring Indian chefs of his generation, Vivek regularly appears on television with appearances on leading British cookery shows such as Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef. He also juggles a busy roster of live demos at food festivals around the country including Taste of London and the BBC Good Food Show.
For more information on Vivek Singh, please contact: Emma Hawley or Joel Porter at Roche Communications T: 020 7436 1111 e: [email protected]