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Raj, a former business studies student said he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps as an entrepreneur rather than go to university.
Raj said: “I gained experience working in the restaurants and helping my father out. I liked how he was running things and thought I would like to do that myself one day.”
He said the 70-seater restaurant has been completely refurbished in a contemporary Indian style and will serve traditional Indian food with specials by a top chef from London.
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Raj Ahmad, who has run the Raj in Bootham for just over a year, said he was keen on athletics and immediately recognised the retired British middle-distance athlete, who won two gold medals at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
“I asked her why she had chosen the Raj to dine and she said she had come to the area for a wedding and was looking around York.
“She said she had looked on Trip Advisor – the travel website which carries reviews of travel-related matters including restaurants – and seen we had good reviews. I felt over the moon.”