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.
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