Born and raised in Mumbai, I bring over 7 years of experience in wine appreciation and took charge of The Oberoi Gurgaon as a Resident Sommelier in March ’15.
Wine was never a career goal, even as I worked my way through at various fine-dining restaurants, from single Michelin star Launceston Place up until Cinnamon Club run by Chef Vivek Singh.
A modern Indian restaurant were matching wine with Indian food was a complete no-no. I changed the mindsets of people as I follow a genuine enthusiasm for matching people to bottles and vice versa.
Although I knew next to nothing about the wine, my interest grew as I listened to people at tables with bottles, telling stories about the people who made them and the places they came from.
Before joining The Oberoi, I opened the doors of Gordon Ramsay’s Classic Savoy Grill an iconic masterpiece in Savoy Hotel. It was a huge challenge going from nothing to creating a list; I think the most rewarding task is to simply create a balance.