IQBAL WAHHAB OBE FRSA
Iqbal Wahhab was born in Bangladesh and came to Britain at the age of eight months. He was educated in London and is a graduate of the London School of Economics. After working as a journalist in the national press for three years, in 1991 he set up his own PR firm which specialised in food, drink and restaurants and then in 1994 he launched Tandoori Magazine.
He sold out of the magazine to launch the multi award winning Cinnamon Club in 2001 – a restaurant and bar aimed to change the way we view Indian dining. In 2003 he co-authored The Cinnamon Club Cookbook and in 2005 opened the highly successful Roast, a British restaurant and bar in Borough Market.
He wrote the polemic “Charity Sucks” for Biteback Publishing in 2016.
He is planning a new restaurant venture presently and is the current High Sheriff of Greater London.
Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration, University of East London
Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of West London
Voted Restaurant Personality of the Year by Menu Magazine
Voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey
Retailer of the Year, Pig and Poultry Marketing awards 2009
Entrepreneur of the Year, Muslim News Awards 2010
Listed in the Caterer Power 100
Listed in GQ’s 100 Most Connected
Listed in The Sunday Times Maserati 100 business start-up mentors
- Mentors young people in difficult situations and also aspirant entrepreneurs
- Works with ex-offenders on getting them into work through Switchback
- Columnist for The Director
“Iqbal is a restaurateur par excellence, combining a passion for food with an art for communication, fine attention to detail and sound commercial acumen.” – Mark Price Managing Director of Waitrose on waitrose.com
“National Treasure” – The Times
Iqbal received an OBE in the 2010 New Years Honours list for public service and services to the hospitality industry