Nilesh Singhvi, Chef
Nilesh Singhvi is the executive chef of the Bombay Club in Washington, DC where he is known for his fine dining, regional Indian cuisine. During this career, spanning nearly 18 years-mostly as the Indian chef in top five-star hotels, he got the chance to work with a few master chefs of Kashmiri, Avadhi and South Indian cuisines.
He severed as the main Indian chef of Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi – a five-star property known for its restaurants. In 2000, he became executive chef at hotels in Nashik (Maharashtra), and then at Goa and Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), where he mastered himself in these regional cuisines. He then accepted a new challenge as the executive chef at Hotel Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu, Nepal.
During his career, Nilesh has cooked for dignitaries such as Mr. A.B.Vajpayee, Ex Prime Minister of India; Mr. Jacques Chirac, Former President of France; Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of U.K.; Mr. George Bush Sr., Former President of USA, Mr. Bill Gates and many others. He also participated in the Indian Food Festival at Le Touessrok, Mauritius & World Economic Forum, Davos.
Irfan Ozarslan, Manger
Maitre d’ & Manager Irfan Ozarslan has been navigating the power tables of Bombay Club for the over 20 years, when he joined Ashok Bajaj at Knightsbridge. During Ozarslan’s impressive tenure, he has welcomed Bill Clinton, who dined at the restaurant 12 times during his presidency, along with other noted celebrities that include Anthony Hopkins, Stevie Wonder, Hillary Clinton with Madeline Albright, Margaret Thatcher, George Bush Sr., and former president Nelson Mandela to name a few.
The Bombay Club has achieved a long list of accolades thanks to Irfan’s gracious delivery of fine service to complement the authentic Indian fare. The restaurant recently earned three stars (out of four) in Tom’s Top 40 Restaurants for The Washington Post’s Fall Dining Guide in October 2012. Gayot recognized The Bombay Club as having one of the city’s best brunches and most romantic atmosphere in 2012, and Capitol File called it out as the place for power dining in Washington the same year. Esquire also recognized it as one of America’s top restaurants.