Author Archives: Iqbal Wahhab

About Iqbal Wahhab

Founder of Roast Restaurant, Borough Market.

The financial case for mentoring

An article I’ve written for the International Business Times http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/uk-businesses-must-mentor-youth-realise-their-potential-fill-19bn-gdp-gap-1644637

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Published this in The Huffington Post today

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/iqbal-wahhab-obe-/presidents-shopkeepers-diversity_b_18285478.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

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Release the ban on day release

A couple of years ago at Roast when our chefs took direct ownership of my previous relationship with The Clink restaurant in Brixton Prison, they cranked up our level of engagement by offering inmates day release opportunities to come and … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as the cultural appropriation of a cuisine?

The other day I was sent a link to this BBC programme and couldn’t believe a lot of what I was hearing. In America, a lot of minority communities are up in arms because they are witnessing people not from … Continue reading

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Will Unilever wash clean?

Many in the business world who are driven by the principle of the triple bottom line – people, profit, planet – look to Unilever’s chief executive as a source of inspiration. For Paul Polman to have committed his company to … Continue reading

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Television, You Tube and Terrorism

  It’s hard to tell how many people Anjem Choudary turned into Jihadists – according to The Guardian it’s 100 but The Telegraph and the Daily Mail claim 500. It’s probably impossible to know for sure but we can breathe … Continue reading

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The paradox of bins

  Did you know there are only 46 public rubbish bins in the entire City of London but there are 975 cigarette bins in the same area? So apart from empty fag packets, what else do we have to dispose … Continue reading

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What Michael Gove did right

Whilst he wasn’t much cop as Education Secretary and I quite like the fact that he wasn’t much of a plotter because he was better as a doer, Michael Gove leaves big shoes to fill in the Ministry of Justice. … Continue reading

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Social messes and wicked problems

I was having lunch yesterday with Adam Leach, head of the charity Y Care International, which has helped me come to the conclusion that businesses held the trump cards in solving the world’s problems more than the third sector. He … Continue reading

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What’s in a restaurant name?

Restaurants tend to bring out the inner snob in many people. The one that’s been most talked about since Chiltern Firehouse began to obsess us is Richard Caring’s Sexy Fish. Apparently he spent £15 million setting it up not just … Continue reading

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