Chef Vicky Ratnani – the name sure does ring a bell, loud and clear! Even as a child, his love for food took him into corners of his home where children rarely venture, such as the kitchen! However, it was this very ‘wanderful’ attitude that led him to discover his passion for food. Soon after, Vicky emerged from his home in the leafy suburbs of Mumbai, graduated from the prestigious Dadar Catering College (Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai) and set sail to pursue his dreams – quite literally! He gained a royal appointment aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2), where he engaged with various global culinary traditions. After six world cruises that took him through many, many markets of the world along the way, Vicky went on to live and learn in Genoa, Italy. Among the many feathers in his cap, the one that stands out as the brightest is that of his achievement of being the Personal Chef to Mr. Nelson Mandela, on his journey from Durban to Cape Town while Mr. Mandela was promoting his charitable venture.
His restaurant in Mumbai called The Korner House by Chef Vicky won ‘Best Restaurant – European Cuisine’ at the 2017 Times Food Awards.
Currently, Vicky consults as a Culinary Director with GIPL (a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel) and conceptualises restaurant menus and food concepts for places such as Pizza Express, The Runway Project, The Market Project, The Poona Project, Ministry of Crab and Nihonbashi. He is most recently revamped The Bandra Project, which is a communal style, casual-yet-chic, all-day eatery serving global cuisine.
He also began a healthy food start-up called Hello Green, which has three back-end kitchens catering to South and North Mumbai. They serve healthy, organic, calorie- counted meals, as meal subscriptions or even à la carte at www.hellogreen.in.
Vicky has also been instrumental in conceptualising the cuisine for ‘Insignia’ by Inox Cinemas all over India. These are high-end multiplex food kiosks, with state-of-the-art technology, serving Global Vegetarian food from live, open kitchens designed by Vicky himself. Learn more at www.inoxmovies.com
Vicky’s travels and his knowledge of global trends have led him to develop a web series called Vicky The Gastronaut, which is streaming on his Facebook page. The series has crossed over 10 million views. He has filmed in Peru and Australia, and is now filming the third part of the series at Chiang Mai in Thailand.