Know your chefs
After moving to Delhi from Agra for her studies and then staying back for her career in marketing and sales in the advertising industry, Chef Shikha missed her home food. Chef Shikha comes from a family of chefs. Her maternal grandparents and uncles are running a Satvik restaurant in Kolkata and this skill of chef has been passed on from generations. Being a foodie since childhood, she always wanted to be in control of what she wanted to eat, and hence she made a constant run to her mother with requests for what she wanted for her next meal. This sense of curiosity and enthusiasm came back in 2007.
Over a decade ago she started cooking and experimenting with spices, and she has learned a lot since then. She quit her sales and marketing job is now a full-time foodie.
Chef Rajeev Goyal is known for his extensive understanding of Indian cuisine, spices and the rare Indian recipes over the years. His love for travel took him to continents like Africa, Europe, South, and North America, and being an Indian he tried the Indian restaurants in these locations but was never satisfied. This inspired him to design a way in which he could introduce authentic Indian food to the international crowd that would like to visit India. He started by operating a fine dining restaurant in New Delhi and later moved on to co-founded the first food tour company in India.
Some of the famous celebrity chefs who have worked with Rajeev recently :
- Padmalakshmi (USA) Queen of spices Author celebrity chef,
- Pascal Jahlay (Neitherland) 2 Michelin star, https://www.hollandiadebic.nl/pascal-ouddelhi
- Marion Graspy Masterchef (Australia) TV celebrity chef – food entrepreneur Marions kitchen
- Sarita Sehjpal Masterchef and food entrepreneur (Norway) – Restaurant – Mother India,
- Graciala (Germany),
- Jan Marrees (Holland) 1 Michelin Star – Restaurant owned – Bratelli
A food writer, historian, restaurateur, festival curator, and a passionate master-chef, Chef Osama Jalali comes from a non-hospitality background and has reviewed over 2000 restaurants. He is one of the few writers who refused to restrain himself to just writing about food but cook them too. He curated Khandaan (Awadhi, Rampuri, Shahjahani, Nizami)-based menus for hotels and private Daawat.
His mother learned a lot from the royal Khansamas during their time in Rampur Gharana, which was later passed on to Osama. This is maybe the reason why he is most famous for hi Gosht/Mutton ka halwa recipe from the bygone Mughal era and is the only person in the country to cook it. Recreating lost Mughal era recipes is what Osama is known for. He is known to be the authority on Mughlai cuisine and ambassador.
With a range of experience from Radisson Group, The Oberoi’s in India and the Tanzore Restaurant & Lounge in Beverly Hills, USA. During his time with The Oberoi at New Delhi, he played a vital role in the successful launch of 36 Degrees.
After his time in the USA he came back to India to continue his culinary career with Hyatt Group in both Hyderabad and Bengaluru. It was his time with Hyatt Group Bengaluru when he conceptualized the well-acclaimed restaurant That Pink Poppadom. His contemporary and innovative culinary talents went onto reshaping the Indian Cuisine. He also branched out into catering through Gourmet Aura, who is well recognized in the event circle today for its grand culinary service.
Under the parent company Demiurgic Hospitality, Chef Gautam currently owns a chain restaurant and is an operating partner at a catering company in Dubai called Giant Foods LLC and 38 Barracks in Connaught Place in Delhi.