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Leela Palaces, Hotel and Resorts Appoints Chef Deepak Bhatia as Executive Chef
for Leela Kempinski Mumbai in Mumbai, India

MUMBIA, India, March 3, 2011 – Marking yet another milestone in its culinary journey, The Leela Kempinski Mumbai has announced the appointment of Chef Deepak Bhatia as Executive Chef for the hotel.

With almost three decades of experience in catering to the palate of a global audience, Chef Bhatia’s repertoire boasts of assignments at locations as distinct as Australia, South-East Asia and Russia, among others.

After a formal education in Hotel Management from IHM, Mumbai and The Oberoi School of Hotel Management, Chef Bhatia got his initial live kitchen lessons in Mumbai. Chef Bhatia joins us with a rich background of 16 years with Hyatt International.

Talking about Chef Bhatia, Biswajit Chakraborty, General Manager of The Leela Kempinski Mumbai said, “We are very happy to welcome Chef Bhatia in our midst. With increasing avenues for guests to dine in the city, we are confident that Chef’s innate understanding of the Indian taste coupled with his international expertise will add to our vibrant gastronomic offering.”

Taking on the assignment, Chef Bhatia commented, “I am honored to take on the role of Executive Chef of this historic property. The Leela Mumbai has been a landmark in the city since the time that I was a student in this city. I am excited about the opportunities that working for a hotel with a 25-year heritage offers me and being a part of The Leela family.”

While he has been Executive Chef at hotels across the globe, it is conceptualizing and setting up restaurants that have been his joie de vivre. Western European cuisine followed by Asian are what he calls his forte. Chef Bhatia spends his time out of the Chef’s uniform pursuing his interest in sports, health and exploring street food.

Set on 11 lushly-landscaped acres amid waterfalls and lotus ponds, the luxurious Leela in Mumbai is a tranquil refuge from the hustle and bustle of India’s business capital.  Guests enter through towering cast-iron gates and continue up the drive through tropical gardens of palms, mango and banyan trees.  Known as one of the premier business hotels in India, The Leela boasts expansive rooms, a spa featuring the renowned ESPA products, a large swimming pool and a gym equipped with personal trainers.  The Royal Club underwent a recent $25 million renovation.  Its prime location – five minutes from the international airport and 15 minutes from the domestic airport – is a plus for both leisure and business travelers.  And with more than 16,000 square feet of meeting space, The Leela is popular with incentives and meeting planners.

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About Hotel Leelaventure Limited
The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is owned and operated by Hotel Leelaventure Ltd. headquartered in Mumbai. The luxury hotel group manages seven award-winning hotels in India which includes prime urban locations in Bangalore, Gurgaon, Mumbai, New Delhi and magical holiday escapes in Goa, Kovalam and Udaipur. Properties under development will open soon in Chennai followed by Agra, Jaipur and Ashtamudi, Kerala. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to extending warm, gracious, anticipatory service in settings that ideally capture the essence of India. The group has marketing alliances with Germany-based Kempinski, US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of Global Hotel Alliance based in Switzerland.


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