The Chef

Introducing Our Award Winning Chef

Our Award Winning Chef Aysan Shaikh has created a menu that embraces the breadth and depth on the Indian Continent... creative dishes with their origins in Punjab, Hyderabad, Kerala, Kolkata, Bangladesh and South India.

I am Aysan Shaikh from Kolkata, India. I have over 25 years of experience in the hotel and catering industry.

I was first inspired by my uncle, a very skilled chef working in the Grand hotel in Kolkata, India. I did my hotel management in Chennai, followed by closely monitored training beneath my Uncle. When at home I used to pay close attention to how my mother cooked. She taught me all of the basics in cookery and is my greatest inspiration of all.

I have worked in so many beautiful places in India. I have also worked extensively in Sri Lanka, where I got the amazing privilege to serve my food to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.

I then moved to theUK, where I went on to win the Gordon Ramsays "F Word" Competition in 2010, judged by Mr Gordon Ramsay himself.

I've also won The Tiffin Cup (an annual British competition run by The Tiffin Club to find the best South Asian restaurant in the United Kingdom) in 2013 in Parliament House, judged by Ainsley Harriott.

I'm honoured and excited to be working at the Spice Gallery currently, and can't wait to serve everyone some delicious food.