Award-winning Leicester chef dies leaving behind three young children

An award-winning lawyer-turned-chef and owner of a vegan restaurant in Leicester, has died suddenly. She was just 37.

Since opening her planet-based restaurant Sanctua in April last year, Bindu Patel had won four prestigious awards.

She had recently been named a ‘Vegan Pioneer’ by Olive Magazine, because of her “low-waste, sustainable” approach to vegan cuisine with her fortnightly changing set menus.

But as her illness progressed, her restaurant would remain closed frequently. She died on Friday 24th January, leaving a husband Neil, and three young children aged 8, 7 and 5.

In November her eatery won two accolades: being named Asian Restaurant of the Year in the Great Food Club Awards in Leicester and Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant at the Asian Curry Awards in London. In June, last summer, Sanctua won Vegan Restaurant of the Year at the Asian Restaurant Awards in Manchester.

Bindu fulfilled her long held dream by opening her own restaurant in the Oadby district of Leicester, which offered an eclectic menu, employing mostly fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, including the use of ‘wonky’ vegetables

Prior to opening Sanctua, Bindu Patel, who spent spells in the kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants, also worked as a lawyer and afarmer.


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