Chef Manish Mehrotra graduated from The Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Mumbai in 1996 and then joined the Thai Pavilion at the erstwhile Taj President Hotel in Mumbai and was with them for five years. During his tenure there, he had the opportunity to train under several Thai Master Chefs and this exposure honed his natural culinary talent in a big way.
Chef Manish organized several food festivals across the Taj Group during his stint there and also won competitions organized by Culinary Associations.
In 2001, Chef Manish moved to Old World Hospitality Pvt Ltd, based in New Delhi where he headed the Pan Asian kitchens at Oriental Octopus, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Manish also trained with top restaurants and Chefs around the world, before he moved to London with OWH in 2006, to set up Tamarai. This too earned many laurels of appreciation from diners and critics alike in a very short span of time. These included “Best Pan Asian” in London from the E.S. magazine and “The Best Wine List” amongst many more.
He then brought in his unique inventive vision to creating a path breaking menu at Indian Accent, the fine dining restaurant at The Manor (New Delhi), which opened in March 2009 and from its very inception has been celebrated by the critics and connoisseurs of food in tandem. The crowning story was undoubtedly being awarded 'The Best Modern Indian Restaurant' The Vir Sanghvi Award.
Some notable mentions:
Best Chef in India, American Express
Chef Of The Year, Vir Sanghvi Award, 2010 & 2012
Winner – NDTV Good Times’ Foodistan
Gourmet Guru of India 2011, Food & Night Life Magazine
Chef Manish was the only Indian Chef to be invited to the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore in 2011.
What the press says:
Manish Mehrotra... Most Promising Young Chef Of India.
Business Standard, New Delhi
Chef Manish Mehrotra presents Indian food like it hasn't been done before... The food is Indian and every now and then when it seems to pull away from the shore, it still retains its intrinsic accent…
The Financial Express, New Delhi
Indian cuisine has finally been revamped by Chef Manish Mehrotra at Indian Accent.
Travel + Leisure South Asia, New Delhi