Award for Culinary Professional of the Year: Second Place Winner

Kitopi’s Director of Culinary, Gaurav, was recently honored with a prestigious accolade at a ceremony held by Hozpitality Group in Dubai on April 15, 2024. Taaza Quality Foodstuff presented the award to Gaurav in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the culinary industry.

In his role, Gaurav is responsible for overseeing culinary operations in various sectors, such as luxury hotels, restaurants, cloud kitchens, and airline catering. With a background as a Lean Six Sigma Practitioner, Gaurav brings a wealth of experience to his position, focusing on developing high-performance teams and implementing strategic changes.

Gaurav’s career trajectory exemplifies his dedication to excellence and his ability to lead large, high-quality food and beverage divisions. With previous roles including Director of Central Kitchen Operations, Executive Sous Chef at Emirates Flight Catering, and Executive Sous Chef at Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC, Gaurav has built a reputation for his leadership and management skills.

Throughout his career, Gaurav has showcased proficiency in team management, change management, coaching, and research. His experience at reputable establishments like Rotana Hotel Management Corporation PJSC and The Park Hotels has equipped him with a comprehensive skill set and a deep understanding of culinary operations.

Gaurav holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Hotel Administration from IHMCTAN, Mumbai, and is certified in Lean Six Sigma, highlighting his dedication to continuous improvement and operational efficiency in culinary management. His achievements and expertise have earned him recognition in the industry and solidified his reputation as a leader in the culinary world.