dining celebrity chefs Vineet Bhatia
Vineet Bhatia
Updated on 29 June 2015

Vineet Bhatia was born into an educated middle class family in Bombay, India in 1967. His first passion in life was aeroplanes, closely followed by his mother's love of cooking.

When he was seventeen he took the national defence exam in hopes of joining the Air Force, but failed the physical part of the test. His fascination for flying machines was so complete that if he couldn't be a pilot he would resolved to do something else altogether.

Vineet turned his attention to food and successfully applied to study at catering college in Bombay from 1985 until 1988. However on the advice of his parents, both professionals themselves, in 1989 he also gained an economics degree.

The Oberoi hotel group soon spotted his talent and determination and recruited him as a trainee in 1988, making his way up to Chef De Cuisine at Oberoi (Mewar and Kandahar Restaurant). However, these traditionally rigid kitchens gave him no space to experiment with his creations, while his French counterparts were being applauded for their daredevilry in cuisine. Frustrated, Vineet decided to move to London, unaware that curious Anglo-Indian spicy stews were being gulped down by Britons as true-blue Indian cuisine.

When he arrived in London in 1993, he was disappointed in the representation of Indian food and started making an impression at the Star of India (Old Brompton Road, South Kensington) by immediately creating a professional environment in the kitchen and slowly moving his attention to the food and the menu. After five long fruitful years, Vineet teamed up with Iqbal Wahhab to conceptualise Cinnamon Club. Planning Permission issues led to considerable delays and in January 1999 Vineet set up home at 'Vineet Bhatia- Hammersmith'. Eventually in April 1999, Vineet partnered and opened 'Zaika', first in Chelsea, then in Kensington High Street.

In 2001, Zaika was awarded a Michelin star, making Bhatia the first Indian chef-restaurateur to receive this honour since the inception of the Guide. Vineet is known for revolutionising Indian food in Britain, and whilst retaining its core values, has changed everything from the way it is presented to the way it's experienced. It hasn't gone unnoticed and the accolades have followed his trajectory to the top.

In 2004, Vineet finally opened his own restaurant 'Rasoi' – meaning kitchen, thus fulfilling his cherished dream.

In 2005, the twice Michelin starred celebrity chef rolled out Indego by Vineet at Grosvenor House Dubai, an exquisite contemporary Indian restaurant bursting with a whole host of exciting new creations, complemented by several popular Indego classics.

Restaurants in Dubai

Indego By Vineet at Grosvenor House
Dubai Marina
Call +971 4 3176000
Email: resbook.grosvenorhouse@luxurycollection.com

Ashiana by Vineet at Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
Baniyas Street, Deira
Call +971 4 2071733
Email: ashiana.reservations@sheraton.com

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