The Leela Palace New Delhi appoints Dharmen Makawana as executive chef

Makawana brings more than three decades of global professional experience to the role

Dharmen Makawana, The Leela Palace New Delhi, Executive chef, New appointment, 2023

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.

Commenting on the appointment, Louis Sailer, General Manager, The Leela Palace New Delhi said, “We are very pleased to welcome Chef Makawana to the vibrant city of Delhi and to our young palace. Highly skillful and recognized for his managerial abilities, he brings forth vast knowledge of the culinary spectra and we are confident that he will leverage and further enhance our position as the most sought after dining destination of the city.”

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.

His strength lies in his curiosity, willingness to experiment and an extensive knowledge of international culinary trends. When he is not busy supervising the kitchen team, Makawana loves to spend time with his family and explore local eateries.