The Leela Palace New Delhi has appointed Dharmen Makawana as the new Executive Chef. Spearheading the culinary operations of The Leela Palace New Delhi, Chef Makawana will lead the award-winning kitchen team to orchestrate "an inimitable dining experience" for the discerning guests of capital city's most awarded restaurants.
With more than three decades of professional experience in global luxury brands like Nikko, The Four Seasons, The Oberoi and The Leela; across Australia, Middle East, South East Asia and India, Makawana has developed a commendable repertoire to provide memorable culinary experiences.
Chef Makawana is acclaimed for his culinary prowess, mentorship and his hospitality exposure in pre-opening of various hotels across the globe. Through his own personal quest for knowledge, Makawana has developed skills that focus on high quality ingredients, varied cooking techniques and local preferences that inspire him to experiment and bring a fresh perspective to his creations with enlivening twists. He is convinced that food should bring the ultimate joy to diners and firmly believes that the creative approach to cooking creates a viable excuse to get together at a table.
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is owned by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. The ultra-luxury hotel group owns and manages eight award-winning luxury hotels in prime urban locations and magical holiday destinations across India including Mumbai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Udaipur and Kovalam.
13 July 2020 — Anjali Mehra, a hospitality veteran and former senior director of communications MEA at Marriott International has moved to The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts as VP of marketing.
In her new role, Mehra will provide strategic counsel to the company's leadership while also implementing a company-wide marketing and communication plan.
29 July 2019 — The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts has appointed Ashish Kumar Rai as the General Manager of The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi. He began his career with The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts as a Management Trainee and thereafter served as General Manager at various award winning and iconic hotels such as The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, The Leela Mumbai and The Westin Mumbai Garden City.