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Abhijit Saha

Awarded ‘Best Chef in India’ 2013 at the ‘Indian Restaurant Congress & Awards’

“When Abhijit Saha set up Caperberry, it featured a cuisine very few people were familiar with, but with his passion and dedication he has brought the restaurant to the stage where we can safely call  him  a  pioneer  in the Indian food service  business,” wrote  Kripal  Amanna,  Publisher  and Managing Editor of Food Lovers Magazine when DNA Newspaper honoured him as one of the ‘50 Most  Influential  Persons’ of  Bangalore. Chef  Saha is  the  Founder & Director  of  Avant  Garde Hospitality, which owns and operates two critically acclaimed premium restaurants in Bangalore, Caperberry and Fava.

Caperberry,  Chef  Saha’s  first  restaurant  provokes  multiple  senses  and  was  named  the ‘Best Independent  Restaurant  in  India’ at  the  Time  Out  Food  Awards 2011 -12. Innovation,  premium quality  and  attention  to  detail  are  the  essential  guiding  principles  of Caperberry,  a  world-class restaurant that showcases modernist European cuisine with elements of molecular gastronomy. His second restaurant Fava is a chic Mediterranean restaurant with a lounge bar and delicatessen and is also extremely popular, located at the uber-luxe arcade in the prestigious UB City complex. Exuding an understated sophistication, the menu at Fava offers discerning diners an opportunity to truly experience the magnificent and diverse flavours of the Mediterranean.

At just 45 years old, Chef Saha is one of the youngest to be featured in the coveted ‘Hall of Fame’ list  of 50 most  important  people  in  the food  and beverage  business  in  India,  published  by  the highly respected Indian publication, UpperCrust Magazine, in June 2012.

He won the Jury Special Chef of the Year Award at the Hotelier India Awards in 2011. Chef Saha was also awarded the prestigious Indian Federation of Culinary Association’s Entrepreneur Chef of the  Year and  the  South  India  Culinary  Association’s Golden  Hat for  outstanding  contribution towards  the  profession.  Rated  amongst  the Top Chefs  in  the  country  by  several  industry  and mainstream  publications, he  is  an  expert  in classical  and modern  European cuisine  as  well  as regional  Indian cuisine.  His  showcase  of modern  Indian cuisine menu  at  Gourmet  Abu  Dhabi, 2013, an annual event organised by Peter Knipp Holdings and Abu Dhabi Tourism, received rave reviews from international critics and diners alike.

When asked how he has grown to be such a powerhouse brand in the industry, he says, “My work speaks for itself. I have never made a conscious effort to market myself; rather I have tried to do my work with integrity and passion. My thirst for knowledge and willingness to experiment with new ideas is what has driven me forward.”

A  natural  orator, Chef  Saha is  a  regular  speaker  at  the  The  World  of  Flavour  conference  in  the Culinary  Institute  of  America,  IFCA  National  Culinary  Congress  and  Times  of  India  Literary Festival, amongst a host of other prestigious events. In March 2012, he was invited by TED to be a
speaker at Ted X, Coimbatore in India, on the future of cooking and molecular gastronomy.

Chef Saha studied Hotel Management in Pusa, New Delhi and Oenology at the Johnson and Wales University, USA. His passion in wines has taken him all over the world, including France, Italy, Spain, United States and Australia. He served as President of The Bangalore Wine Club, and was a Founding Member of The Wine Society of India.

Before choosing his path as an entrepreneur, Chef Saha worked as Director of Food and Services and Executive Chef with The Park Hotels; as Executive Chef with The Manor, New Delhi and with the Taj Group of Hotels, New Delhi, where he started his career as Kitchen Management trainee in 1990.

He is fond of photography art and design, and enjoys F1 racing.
Establishment: Saha Signature Indian Restaurant & Bar Terrace

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