Culinary Excellence Embarks at The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru: Welcoming Chef Roberto Apa

Culinary Excellence Embarks at The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru: Welcoming Chef Roberto Apa

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Published on November 3, 2023

Bengaluru, October 31, 2023 – The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru, a beacon of luxury and culinary sophistication, has announced the appointment of Chef Roberto Apa as the new Executive Sous Chef. With a career spanning over a decade, Chef Roberto brings a wealth of experience and culinary flair to this esteemed property.

Chef Roberto's journey in the culinary world is illustrious, marked by his tenure with globally recognized brands such as Marriott International. Before joining The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru, he honed his skills at Scalini Restaurant in Doha, where he served as the Executive Chef.

On his appointment, Chef Roberto expressed his commitment to culinary excellence. “My goal is to create memorable dining experiences that leave a lasting impression on our guests. The property's dedication to offering the best in class resonates with my approach to culinary art," he stated.

A graduate from IPSAR Lucio Petronio and ALMA of National Academy of Italian Cuisine, Chef Roberto combines deep industry knowledge with a passion for quality and innovation. His expertise in managing large kitchen operations without compromising on excellence makes him a valuable addition to the team.

Chef Roberto's culinary philosophy is deeply rooted in his heritage and experiences. “Each dish I create carries a piece of Italian culture, intertwined with family traditions and my global culinary experiences. I believe in reinventing these recipes through innovative techniques, ensuring each meal tells a story,” he remarked.

The Leela Bhartiya City Bengaluru eagerly anticipates the unique flavors and creative dishes Chef Roberto will introduce, confident that his appointment will further enhance their already distinguished culinary reputation.

About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts:

Headquartered in Mumbai, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts represents the pinnacle of Indian luxury hospitality. With eleven award-winning properties across India, the brand is celebrated for its unique blend of art, culture, and cuisine in each location. Recognized globally for its service and excellence, The Leela has been voted the World’s Best Hotel Brand in consecutive years by Travel + Leisure, USA. The brand continues to expand its presence with upcoming projects, including a leisure resort in Ashtamudi, Kerala. As a member of the Global Hotel Alliance and in marketing alliance with Preferred Hotels & Resorts, The Leela continues to set benchmarks in luxury hospitality, offering experiences that encapsulate the rich heritage and ethos of India.


Sameer Mehra Joins MRS Group Of Hotels as Chief Commercial Officer

Sameer Mehra Joins MRS Group Of Hotels as Chief Commercial Officer

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 21, 2024

The MRS Group of Hotels, known for its unique boutique hotels across Rajasthan and Uttarakhand, has appointed Sameer Mehra as Chief Commercial Officer. Mehra brings extensive experience from top hospitality brands like The Oberoi Group, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, and Standard International in Thailand. His role will focus on driving the group's expansion and commercial operations.

Mehra’s background in hospitality, spanning various countries and roles in luxury hotels and resorts, underscores his expertise in navigating the global hospitality landscape. He aims to leverage this experience to enhance the group’s commercial strategies and contribute to its growth.

Reflecting on his appointment, Mehra expressed excitement about joining a brand celebrated for reimagining hospitality. He emphasized the group's commitment to thoughtful expansion, focusing on locations that offer unique experiences while honoring the spirit of travel.

Karan Singh Vaid, President of The MRS Group of Hotels, highlighted the group’s vision to redefine hospitality and provide unparalleled experiences to guests. He expressed confidence in Mehra’s ability to advance the group's objectives through strategic acquisitions and management agreements.

The MRS Group eagerly welcomes Mehra to its leadership team and looks forward to his contributions in solidifying the group’s position in the hospitality industry.


Nikita Ramchandani Takes the Helm as Multi-Property VP at Marriott International, Mumbai

Nikita Ramchandani Takes the Helm as Multi-Property VP at Marriott International, Mumbai

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 19, 2024

Nikita Ramchandani has been promoted to Multi-Property Vice President for the Marriott International Mumbai Market. This means she'll not only continue as General Manager of JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu but also oversee strategic directions for other key properties in Mumbai.

With over 23 years of experience in hospitality, Nikita is known for her exceptional leadership and business acumen. Graduating from Les Roches School of Hotel Management, Switzerland, and having succeeded in the US, she brings a wealth of international expertise to her new role.

In her tenure as General Manager at JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, Nikita's unwavering dedication and visionary leadership steered the hotel to unprecedented heights, even amidst the challenges posed by the global pandemic. Her ability to inspire and motivate her team has led to remarkable improvements in product and service delivery.

Now, as Multi-Property VP, Nikita will focus on streamlining processes, managing owner relations, and supporting General Managers to achieve their goals across Marriott International's Mumbai properties. Her promotion is a testament to her outstanding contributions and her proven ability to drive success in challenging environments.

JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu eagerly supports Nikita as she embraces this new chapter in her career, confident in her ability to excel in her expanded role.


Catering Collective Appoints Arindam Chakraborty as COO for National Expansion

Catering Collective Appoints Arindam Chakraborty as COO for National Expansion

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Catering Collective, a division of K Hospitality and a premier player in India’s banquet and catering scene, proudly announces the appointment of Arindam Chakraborty as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). This strategic decision underscores the brand’s commitment to expanding its presence nationally. Boasting over 23 years of experience in the hotel and catering industry, Arindam brings a wealth of expertise, particularly in hospitality.

Prior to becoming a part of Catering Collective, Arindam occupied significant leadership positions at esteemed organizations including Brookfield Properties, The Leela Palaces – Hotels and Resorts, Radisson, and The Claridges Hotels, among others. His expertise lies in managing extensive corporate events, MICE gatherings, and upscale wedding celebrations. Armed with a robust skill set in operations management, strategic planning, and business development, Arindam is primed to play a pivotal role in steering Catering Collective towards its future expansion.

Commenting on the appointment, Karan Kapur, Executive Director, K Hospitality, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Arindam to the Catering Collective team. His appointment as COO underscores our dedication to fostering growth and upholding excellence across our operations. With his extensive experience and proven track record in driving business success, we are confident in his ability to play a pivotal role as we advance and expand this important business vertical across India.”

Stepping into his role with a clear vision, Arindam Chakraborty, COO of Catering Collective, expressed, “I am honored to join Catering Collective and am excited about the journey ahead. Catering Collective has established itself as a premier brand in the luxury banqueting and catering space, and I am committed to furthering its reputation for excellence and innovation. Working alongside a highly skilled team, I look forward to driving growth, fostering culture alignment, innovation, diversity, and sustainability within the organization. The goal will be to deliver unparalleled experiences to our clients and guests.”

Catering Collective’s unwavering commitment to transforming the landscape of Indian venues and catering, alongside Mr. Arindam Chakraborty’s visionary leadership, heralds an exhilarating path forward for the company. With anticipation, the company envisions a period characterized by growth, creativity, and sustained distinction under his guidance.

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