After a sparkling career as the head of the kitchen brigade for globally recognized chains Marriott and Starwood, and after successfully hosting food shows on two of India’s leading television channels Chef Ajay Chopra has reinvented himself.He is now taking on the role of entrepreneur in the brick and mortar world and is building his personal brand in the digital space.
Ajay began his career with the Cecil Oberoi in Shimla. He then joined the Oberoi Center for Learning and Development (OCLD) from where he completed the culinary and management training program, graduating as a gold medallist. His first assignment as a chef was at Kandahar, the Indian specialty restaurant at the Oberoi New Delhi. In addition to Kandahar he was also responsible for the hotel’s banqueting operations as well as the coffee shop.
After his stint in Delhi, Ajay moved to the J.W Marriott in Mumbai as the chef de cuisine of Lotus Cafe, the busiest and the largest coffee shop of Mumbai. Ajay then headed to Saffron at the JW as the chef de cuisine which is a hub of ‘A’ listed Bollywood celebrity bellies like Amitabh Bachan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan and many more. After about a ten year stint in India, Ajay decided to venture west and reached London.
In London, Ajay took up the position of executive head chef of the acclaimed Mint Leaf chain of restaurants. Already regarded as the benchmark for Modern and Indian fine dining, the chain, under his stewardship, rose to new culinary heights in Indian cuisine. Over the last 7 years Mint Leaf has enjoyed critical acclaim for its ability to re-interpret classic Indian dishes in a contemporary fashion. During his culinary sojourn in the UK, Ajay was voted one of the eight best Indian chefs of London. At his stint at Mayfair he has brushed shoulders with Gordon Ramsay and Angela Hartnett.
On returning to India he took up the position of executive chef of The Westin Mumbai Garden City.Having worked in London and with his knowledge of the international restaurant trends, Chef Ajay Chopra brings a refreshing approach to the food scene in India.
Ajay is greatly committed to taking Indian cuisine into new and uncharted areas and constantly experiments with new ingredients and flavours. apart from being a passionate chef Ajay Chopra also hosted 2 food shows besides he is also a passionate singer and has a knack for photography. Ajay is an outgoing and fun loving person; he loves to meet new people. He is greatly committed to taking Indian cuisine into the progressive domain and constantly experiments with new ingredients and flavors. His repertoire of food and his attitude are his strengths.