Flamboyant Reza Mahammad is the star chef of his restaurant, the Star of India.
Reza inherited the family restaurant 27 years ago when his father died suddenly. It had never occurred to him to enter the restaurant business, but he turned The Star around. After a radical revamp, he introduced a modern menu, with lighter, fresher Indian cooking.
Over the years his passion for food has grown, and his cooking has received much praise. He found television fame when he filmed a TV series about his trip of a lifetime through California and Nevada in search of culinary wonders, United States of Reza.
The Observer Food Monthly described meeting Reza as "like being ambushed by a cross between Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Freddie Mercury".
Rice, Spice and All Things Nice, Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2006