Born in Mumbai, Reza was educated in boarding school in Panchgani, India. When his father died, Reza took over the family business, managing The Star of India, now one of London’s most successful and prestigious restaurants. Reza is both chief chef and proprietor.
He first came to public attention on UKTV Food Channel’s Delhi Belly, an entertaining 15-part series which explored the origins of some of Britain’s favourite curry-house dishes, which he co-hosted with Goodness Gracious Me/The Kumars star Sanjeev Bhaskar. More recently, Reza was seen in A Place in France: An Indian Summer, in which he bought into an Indian restaurant with writer Nigel Farrell in the Ardèche region of France.
Cooking is a real passion for energetic, 30something Reza, who learnt to cook using his heart and instincts. “I am not saying that cooking is an inborn talent,” he says, “but one needs interest and flair to excel. When I inherited the Star of India from my father, I had no clue about cooking. I picked up a few recipes from my mother and improvised on the restaurant's existing menu. My mantra is to go easy on oil and make food appear as appetising as possible.”