I’m Mahjabeen, chef-proprietor of Tiffs. I was born in Bangladesh and raised in London from where I also graduated and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After working in various companies in England, I moved to Italy and opened a business providing training to companies in Vicenza. After my children were born, I opted to be a full time mum for many years. In 2014, ready for a new challenge, I opened Tiffs.
Tiffs cuisine is a mix of cultures and tastes, a direct result of the opportunities I had to travel with my father, an airline pilot. My mother is a great hostess used to cooking for many but with great attention to detail. From her I learnt the importance of hospitality, using quality ingredients and healthy cooking methods, and the great importance of using spices judiciously to enhance flavours. These are our guiding principles at Tiffs.
Why the name TIFFS ?
Derived from the word “Tiffins” that originated in British India, to mean a packed lunch or a light afternoon meal or snack. As Tiffs is associated with India and Britain, and mainly provides a take out service, I thought it a most suitable name!
To this day, in millions of households across India, tiffin lunches are prepared for schoolchildren and office workers. In Mumbai, “tiffin wallahs”, mainly illiterate men, transport thousands of freshly cooked lunches from home to offices, using a complex but super efficient system.
Just another note, the small containers which are stacked together to transport the lunches are also called tiffin boxes!