Sabbir Karim’s life as a restaurateur took off in 2005 when he opened Bloomsbury’s Salaam Namaste – named after a famous Bollywood movie. It was followed in 2010 by his Camden site Namaste Kitchen, funded through the profits of the first business. What makes Karim unusual is that he worked as a purser with British Airways’ cabin crew for 20 years – a role he still holds today, alongside his business interests. It is a combination Karim has found works well for him, giving him the opportunity to travel the world and try global cuisine, the best of which he then adapts with an Indian twist for his restaurants. It’s this culinary adventure that has helped him to pick up numerous awards as a chef, including Best Innovative Chef 2013, at the Asian and Oriental Chef of the Year Awards 2013.