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Vivek Singh shocked his family when he gave up thoughts of training as an engineer and instead announced his intention to become a chef. After college, he joined the Oberoi Hotel group, eventually graduating to its flagship, Rajvilas in Jaipur. Singh had been reading Escoffier from an early age and devoured books by Marco Pierre White and Charlie Trotter while at Rajvilas. He got the opportunity to come and work in the UK when the Cinnamon Club opened in 2001, and became known for his precise, contemporary take on Indian food. Since then, Singh has written cookbooks including Cinnamon Club Cookbook and Cinnamon Club Seafood Cookbook, and has made television appearances on cookery programmes such as Saturday Kitchen and Celebrity MasterChef. In 2009, he opened City restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen; his third London restaurant, Cinnamon Soho, was launched in spring 2012.
Cinnamon Club: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU; 020 7222 2555
Cinnamon Kitchen: 9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4WY; 020 7626 5000
Cinnamon Soho: 5 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PF; 020 7437 1664