1. “After I was paralyzed, I thought I’d never be a chef. Now, I own a successful restaurant and food truck”

    By Toronto Life I spent the late ’90s working at Taj Banquet Hall, my parents’ catering and event space in North York. My mom, Afzal Syed—the biryani queen of Toronto—taught me everything she knew. I learned how to make butter chicken, biryani and an array of other Indian and Paki