IQBAL WAHHAB OBE FRSA, PATRON OF MUM'S THE CHEF
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.
On-Trade Business Person of the Year 2008, The Drinks Business
Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration, University of East London
Honorary Doctorate in 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
Director of the Month January 2010, The Director magazine
Entrepreneur of the Year, Muslim News Awards 2010
Listed in the Caterer Power 100
Listed in the GQ 100 Most Connected
"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.
SAHARA QULI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SKILLS TO DONATE
Sahara was one of the first Asian women to reach Director Level in Publishing, having spearheaded the popularity of customer focused magazines, such as British Airways’ Highlife Magazine and The AA Magazine. In 2008 she was appointed as CEO of KnowHowNonProfit, an online service that offered free toolkits for small voluntary sector groups unable to afford, either the time or money, on training. The online service reached over a million users a year with 97% of users reporting an improvement in skills.
In 2010-2012 Sahara served on the Ethnic Minority Advisory Group (EMAG), to the DWP. Sahara became acutely aware that policies such as the Benefit Cap would have an adverse effect on Ethnic Minority Women, unable to overcome barriers to employment such as lack of work experience, lack of qualifications and language barriers.
In response Sahara launched “Mum’s The Chef”, (a project of Skills To Donate), which to date has enabled over forty women gain an NVQ1 qualification. Candidates responded to the friendly supportive working environment, and have demonstrated an eagerness to engage.
Here at Mum's the Chef, all our chefs are home cooks, who have a passion for food and bring with them diverse cuisines and styles.