Career of Shailendra Kekade
Born in Pune, Shailendra Kekade began his career with the "Café Royale" at ‘The Oberoi Towers’, Mumbai with just a simple approach of combining fresh ingredients and a light uncomplicated touch, thereby nurturing his appetite for foods’ purest flavors. He followed this early introduction with training in some of America’s finest kitchens and greatest chefs including Chef Gerd Hertel, Chef Peter Haselsberger and Chef Rico Oprandi in Switzerland.
With 25 years of experience in the food industry, Chef Shailendra combines not just exceptional cooking skills, but a phenomenal amount of creativity, talent and imagination. He has worked at some of Miami’s hottest cruise lines including ‘The Big Red Boats’, and ‘Norwegian Cruise Lines’ having held the most revered position of the "Le Bistro Chef" consistently for 3 consecutive years.
Currently working at "Stone Water Grill" as the ‘Executive Chef’ and ‘General Manager’, Food and Beverage, Chef Shailendra’s menu favours tropically friendly dishes that draw on his classic French training but use reductions and spices to provide richness versus heavy butter or cream in the classical cuisine. He recreates a totally conceptualized menu which demands a lot of knowledge of ingredients and how they merge into one another to entice the Mediterranean’s rich heritage. To make the recipe short and sweet, he keeps in mind that his customers want one thing only - a combination of excellent food, welcoming atmosphere, a great place to relax with family and friends and to leave only after experiencing what one would reminisce as the ‘perfect meal.’
Media Appearance of Shailendra Kekade
Shailendra Kekade’s recent endeavour with India’s favorite food and life style channel FoodFood has him aptly taking over the signature show “Style Chef” where the master chef explains complicated techniques and exotic ingredients, simplified in the most humble manner, taking presentation of food to a whole new level.
Achievements of Shailendra Kekade
Indian Regional Cuisines