Mumbai: Vivanta by Taj – President, Mumbai appoints Mr. Uddipan Chakravarthy as their new Executive Chef, passing on the baton from Chef Ananda Solomon, who retires at the end of July 2016. An integral part of the core team that launched Trattoria and Thai Pavilion, Chef Uddipan’s journey with these iconic restaurants is every food connoisseur’s dream.
Taj has always pioneered successful restaurants which have stood the test of time – Golden Dragon, Wasabi, Souk, Karavalli, Varq, Rice Boat, Quilon, Beach House, Thai Pavilion, Konkan Café and Trattoria, to name a few. This has been possible due to the talent of its chefs. Chef Uddipan Chakravarthy is one of the young Taj culinary stars.
Sketching a fine line between tradition and innovation, Chef Uddipan experiments with new flavors and has a flair for inventive cooking, retaining simplicity at the core of every meal that he designs. With over 21 years of culinary expertise, Chef Uddipan has been the Executive Sous Chef for some of the most iconic restaurants in India such as Trattoria, Thai Pavilion and Konkan Café (Vivanta by Taj – President, Mumbai) and Kabab-e-Bahar (Taj Banjara, Hyderabad) to name a few.
During his stint as the Executive Chef at Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur, the largest Vivanta hotel in India, he has arranged a number of themed weddings, sit-down dinners and high-end conferences making the hotel one of the most sought after destinations in Bangalore. From curating a hearty Punjabi menu at ‘Paranda’— the finest Punjabi restaurant in Bangalore—reflective of the state’s love for spices and rich flavours to charting an impeccable Mediterranean medley at ‘Azure’ splendid with fresh herbs, fruit sorbets, et al—Chef Uddipan has set remarkable standards in the epicurean’s field.
Chef Uddipan is a prominent culinary maestro amongst the bandwagon of the new generation of chefs of Indian origin; whose food philosophy lies in building around quality ingredients, drawing inspiration from the rhyme of seasons and food styling. He has had the honor of preparing a feast for many Heads of States and prominent celebrities.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Uddipan Chakravarthy said, “I am delighted to join Vivanta by Taj – President, Mumbai and take up this challenge at such an interesting time. Vivanta by Taj – President is also home to some of the best restaurants in Mumbai. With a vision to maintain the authenticity of the traditional offerings along with constant innovation, I look forward to working here. It is a moment of ‘homecoming’ for me as I have had the privilege of working with Chef Ananda Solomon in the past.”
Chef Uddipan Chakravarthy, an alumni of IAM, Salt Lake City, Kolkata has come with rich international experience. He has been with the Taj Group of hotels for the last 18 years ago. He has also contributed to multiple hotels of the Taj Group in cities like Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
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