Recognized throughout the career as a Sindbad – The Chef and a Visionary, Chef Nilesh Limaye has been a game changer ever since.
Recognized throughout the career as a Sindbad – The Chef and a Visionary, leveraging in depth knowledge and leadership acumen, Chef Nilesh Limaye has been a game changer ever since. From being one of the first ones to adorn the Chef torque and walking into the restaurant way back in 1995, to understanding the importance of planning and layout for the flow of work in the kitchens; leading a team of young chefs and handling five food and beverage outlets at just over 28; paving the way for Asian Culinary journey in Mumbai way back in 2003 by initiating its first near authentic Far East restaurant; always creating space for the new talent and yet willing to keep learning – it has been a journey which seems it has just started. In his latest project, Chef Limaye has been exploring the long lost recipes of Indian cuisine, which are served at his restaurant in Mulund, Bindaas Begum Rockin’ Raja. The restaurant serves food from the erstwhile princely states of India prior to Independence.
Chef Limaye actively participates in and organizes several community welfare programs, be it a Blood Donation Camp for International Chef’s Day or a Charity luncheon for Slum Children. He was also a tastemaker for the famous Shiv Vada Pav concept – a series of street stalls managed by the economically backward families selling famous Indian cuisine “Vada Pav.” He was heading the creatives team for MasterChef India Season 5 for complete planning and kitchen. He has been the host of The Great Global Indian Kitchen for Colours Rishtey and Amhi Saare Khavvaiye aired on Zee MarathiHe has also authored various cook books to share his culinary expertise with food connoisseurs.
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He is a four-time James Beard Award nominee and regularly works with Share our Strength, City Harvest, C-CAP: Careers through Culinary Arts Program, and Madison Square Park Conservancy, among others. In 2012, Floyd won Season 3 of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.
From ‘chef of genius’ to ‘creator of the classiest curries in the City’ and in 2014 ‘BBC Food Personality of the Year’ this Mumbai-born Parsee chef has been called all manner of good things, but the Chef Patron of Cafe Spice Namaste, Mr Todiwalaʹs Kitchen, Assado, and The Park Café in Victoria Park East still has his feet very much on the ground...running.