In keeping with her creative spirit and her keen interest in food from an early age, Aishwarya obtained an Associates & Bachelors Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde park, New York. Practical applications of her talents were tested throughout the summer when she worked under celebrated Chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquavit, a New York Times 4-Star Restaurant.
After graduation in 2008, Aishwarya accepted a brief internship position at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York. Working in the kitchens of the hotel’s in-house restaurant, Asiate, she catered her trade towards banqueting and more specifically assisted in the baking and pastry department. There onward she continued with her Wine education program at the Wines and Spirits Education Trust and achieved her Advanced Level certification.
Currently based in Mumbai, Aishwarya is Head – Corporate Food and Wine Merchandising Associate for The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, the company founded by her grandfather and father. In her current role, Aishwarya is directly concerned with the innovative aspects of The Leela’s Food and Beverage Department. She is involved with menu engineering, wine acquisition, food styling and has introduced new culinary ideas within the chain. Aishwarya has spearheaded the creation of menus for Meta Wellness, which is partnering with The Leela Palaces Hotels to launch India’s first intensive program for heart disease prevention and reversal & also Published a coffee table Cook book – The Fine art of Food’ with her sister Amruda and noted fashion photographer Rohit Chawla.
To say I have an affinity for Japan is probably a huge understatement. This deep infatuation brings me to Tokyo every year when the sakura (cherry blossom) is at its full bloom. It is almost like a religious experience for me to take this journey year after year to appreciate the best of weather and people. Here is my list of absolute must-dos on a trip to Tokyo.
I will certainly miss my grandfather's joie de vivre, unrelenting exuberance and especially his genuine warmth. He persevered to create and envision a better India through the art of luxury hospitality.