Anyone who has walked through the doors of The Cinnamon Club Restaurant housed in London's Old Westminster Library building could not help but be impressed by what Iqbal Wahhab and Vivek Singh have created within. In conjunction with two-star Michelin chef Eric Chavot they have created an award-winning cuisine that has revolutionised the traditional view of Indian restaurant food. The Cinnamon Club Cookbook recreates the dishes that have brought the restaurant so much praise since first opening in 2001. All the Cinnamon Club favourites are here as well as recipes for breakfasts and the legendary Cinnamon Club cocktails. This is an Indian cookery book like no other before and seems certain to set the standard for some long time to come.
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About the Author
Iqbal Wahhab was a distinguished food journalist and restaurant publicist who famously edited Tandoori Magazine and claimed that most Indian restaurant staff were 'miserable gits'. Perhaps not surprisingly, he was sacked from his editorial post and so he decided to put his (and other people's) money where his mouth was and set about creating the greatest Indian restaurant in the world using the talents of India's leading young chef, Vivek Singh. The rest is the stuff of restaurant legend.
Vivek Singh is one of Britain's best-known Indian chefs. He has been executive chef of The Cinnamon Club since its launch in 2001. He was classically trained in India with the world-famous Oberoi Group. Vivek is a master of Indian cuisine, but he also believes that it should not remain static, but be enhanced and evolved by outside influences. His food, therefore, is a perfect blend of authentic Indian spicing and flavours and modern Western styles and techniques. In 2003, along with the restaurant's founder, Iqbal Wahhab, Vivek wrote The Cinnamon Club Cookbook. In 2006, he wrote The Cinnamon Club Seafood Cookbook, and in 2008 came Curry: Classic and Contemporary. By this time Vivek was not only an award-winning author, but also one of the most respected chefs in the UK, and one of the most recognisable faces of Indian cuisine on TV too. 2008 was also the year that a second restaurant, Cinnamon Kitchen, just off Liverpool Street in London, also opened its doors. Vivek is one of the most innovative Indian chefs at work in the world today. He appears regularly on television, with many appearances on the BBC's flagship cookery programme, Saturday Kitchen.