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Biography

Chef Chintan Pandya is the Executive Chef of New York City restaurants Adda Indian Canteen, Rahi, Biryani Bol, and the soon to open Dhamaka, all owned by restaurateur Roni Mazumdar. Born in Mumbai in Chintan incorporates the traditions of regional Indian cuisine into his food, opening the eyes of New Yorkers as to what authentic Indian food truly is. His menus consist of Indian dishes that are served in restaurants and homes across the Indian subcontinent, along with nostalgic recipes of dishes that Chef Chintan and owner Mazumdar came to love while growing up. 

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Chef Chintan Pandya is the Executive Chef of New York City restaurants Adda Indian Canteen, Rahi, Biryani Bol, and the soon to open Dhamaka, all owned by restaurateur Roni Mazumdar. Born in Mumbai in Chintan incorporates the traditions of regional Indian cuisine into his food, opening the eyes of New Yorkers as to what authentic Indian food truly is. His menus consist of Indian dishes that are served in restaurants and homes across the Indian subcontinent, along with nostalgic recipes of dishes that Chef Chintan and owner Mazumdar came to love while growing up. 

Born in Mumbai, Chintan embraced his interest for the culinary world at a young age, and enrolled in one of the most prestigious culinary schools in India, the Oberoi Centre of Learning & Development where he trained under the finest chefs from Oberoi Hotels. He got his professional start at a hotel restaurant in Mumbai, spending eight years in the kitchen learning traditional Indian cuisine and techniques. From there, he moved to Singapore, accepting a position of executive chef at Yantra from 2009 to 2013. Chef Pandya then traveled to the United States for consulting opportunities in Cleveland and Atlanta, before landing in Manhattan in 2016, where he joined the team at Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Junoon as executive chef. That is until meeting restaurateur Roni Mazumdar, who was seeking a chef for his soon to open restaurant Rahi, in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. In 2017, the artisanal Indian restaurant opened with Chef Pandya at the helm. Rahi received a glowing review from  The New York Times restaurant reviewer Pete Wells, and captured the minds and taste buds of many other food luminaries. Writing about how Indian restaurants are playing to a modern audience, Wells stated, “The most exciting food in this group, I think, goes to Rahi.”  In September 2018, Adda Indian Canteen opened to rave reviews including one by Wells in The New York Times. The renowned critic lauded Chintan’s cuisine as “a lusty, full-throated defense of traditional cooking”, and gave it a radiant two-star review.  

In 2019, Chef Chintan was presented with the StarChefs New York Rising Star Chef award. Also in 2019, Adda was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for “Best New Restaurant,” Food & Wine Magazine’s Ten Best New Restaurants, Eater’s National Best New Restaurants” and Bon Appetit Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2019. And with artist Mattia Casalenga was a partner in Aerobanquets RMX, a virtual reality experience combining food and fantasy, which took place at the James Beard House in early January 2020.  

Chintan appeared as a guest judge in Beat Bobby Flay and has been nominated as James Beard semi-finalist for the “Best Chef” category.

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