The dream of Parsi restaurateur Boman Kohinoor was fulfilled on April 10, when the 93-year-old was able to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate at the famous Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
The Royal couple, who are in India for a short three-day-trip before heading to Bhutan, met Kohinoor, who is the owner of Mumbai’s famous Parsi cafe, Britannia, and calls himself “The royal family’s biggest Indian fan”.
They thus immediately decided to meet Kohinoor at their hotel during their 36 hour stay in Mumbai before heading out for their scheduled itinerary.
Recalling his meeting with the royal couple, Kohinoor said:
“I met Their Royal Highnesses [on Sunday] evening at the Taj… They were very kind and asked me about my restaurant and my favourite dishes there…I told them about the berry pulao and how it’s made using my late wife’s recipe.”
He also added that the royal pair then asked him if he could cook these dishes himself, to which Kohinoor replied, “No, but I serve my customers well.”
The Kensington Palace also tweeted about Kohinoor meeting the royal couple:
TRH were very touched and invited him to their hotel before last night’s Charity Gala #RoyalVisitIndia pic.twitter.com/05YSC1Q35O — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 11 April 2016
TRH were very touched and invited him to their hotel before last night’s Charity Gala #RoyalVisitIndia pic.twitter.com/05YSC1Q35O
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 11 April 2016
Kohinoor confessed that he wished he had more time to speak to the couple, but was glad and thankful for the opportunity that he was given.