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The Cinnamon Club

Vivek Singh
The Cinnamon Club

The Cinnamon Club

  • Two Rosettes

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The Old Westminster Library
30-32 Great Smith Street
London
SW1P 3BU
United Kingdom

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The Chef

 

Vivek Singh

Vivek Singh was born and raised in Asansol, West Bengal in an environment where food was very much a central part of the culture. While his interest as a young boy lay more in eating than cooking, many of his formative memories are centred around food - from festivals and weddings to the daily multi-course feasts his mother would make. Twice a year, often across the full moon, the men of the community would come together and cook outdoors. Watching his father cook – along with sampling the litti-chokha the men roasted over an open fire – had a profound influence on Vivek Singh as a young boy.

Vivek Singh had something of an Anglo-Indian upbringing, in part due to the still present English influence over West Bengal. Christian holidays were celebrated in their community alongside Hindu festivals, and Vivek Singh attended an Anglo-Indian boarding school. While the school dinners may linger in his memory for all the wrong reasons – think plain rice puddings and stewed mutton – the mixture of cultures he experienced both at home and in school had a significant influence over Vivek Singh’s approach to combining flavours, ingredients and techniques from both East and West.

Vivek Singh