Iqbal Wahhab OBE

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 Roast.

Awards and Activities

  • Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration, University of East London
  • Honorary Doctorate in Science, University of West London
  • Voted one of the Top 10 Restaurateurs in Britain in an Independent on Sunday survey
  • Listed in Caterer Power 100
  • Listed Britain’s Most Influential 50 People, The Gentleman’s Journal
  • Listed in GQ 100 Most Connected
  • Board member, Sustainable Restaurants Association
  • Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts
  • Awarded OBE for public service and service to the hospitality industry
  • Mentor to ten start up entrepreneurs
  • 2019 High Sheriff of Greater London

“National Treasure” – The Times