Juggling her various restaurants in the UK and India in swanky locations like the Hilton London Heathrow and the Waterfront Resort at Baga, Goa, Pervin Todiwala has been slaying the culinary scene since the last 22 years.
The industry has yet to fully embrace inclusion
She has been awarded a Honourary Dame d’Escoffier of the Les Dames d’Escoffier LDE London, which is a philanthropic branch of women in leadership in the food and hospitality industry. She is also counted among the first list of the 1000 most influential women in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism sphere. However, she does believe that the industry has much to learn in terms of inclusion. She sees that women are still not taken seriously and are constantly pressured to prove themselves time and again. In addition to this, managing a demanding job with long hours while leaving the family at home was a huge challenge. Also, women are yet to show themselves at the top levels of the industry in large numbers. Having experienced this at both the international level and in India too, this is happening everywhere. Giving credit to her supportive husband, friends, family, she managed to have it all.
Motherhood inspired her to start off on her own
Graduating with honours from Mumbai’s finest, the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition IMHCT, she later also worked as a Chef de Partie at the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel. Taking a career break to raise her two sons in Goa, she discovered her newfound calling to start her own restaurant. In 2013, she was again conferred with the TIAW World of Difference Award in Canada, getting recognition for her work in making a difference in the lives of women globally. Believing in the power of the media giving prominence to women, a positive image must be created continually. Praising the food programmes of the BBC as well as the LDE network, women are coming together to accomplish things that go beyond the surface of the culinary world.
Stressing that women can have it all with a little help from friends, having a great network of women both in the personal and professional area is the way forward.
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