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Members of Advisory Council


Mr.Manjit Singh Gill

President - Indian Federation of Culinary Associations

Chef Manjit Gill is a highly acclaimed chef with over four decades of excellence in the culinary profession. With a mantra of “discovery & constant innovation”, Chef Manjit is held in the highest regard by the hospitality industry’s top gastronomic echelons. Chef Gill has been honoured innumerable times for his formidable work with restaurant brand creation, icons of Indian cuisine such as Bukhara, Dumpukht, Kebab & Kurry, Dakshin, Royal Vega – Honestly vegetarian.

Chef Manjit has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from India’s Ministry of Tourism in January 2006; presented the “Punjabi Gold Award” for invaluable contribution to Punjabi community by the World Punjabi Organization in 2007; and received the prestigious Paryatan Ratan (Jewel of Tourism)  by Panjab University in March, 2016.

Chef Gill is passionate in researching and applying the learning of Ancient Indian Cuisine and a great believer in the sustainable food philosophy of Indian Vedic knowledge – Ayurveda and Slow food.

Chef Manjit has authored a number of books: Eating wisely & well by Penguin, Fire / Water / Earth / Air / Ether Secrets of Indian gastronomy and Indian Spa Cuisine.

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Mr. Suraj Kumar Jha

General Manager Crowne Plaza-IHG,Ahmedabad

Mr. Jha is a Passionate and accomplished hotelier with more than 27 years of experience in the hospitality industry and a total of 14 years of experience as General Manager. He is having significant expertise in the hotel operations, strategy development, marketing & pre-opening across reputed hotel brands like Inter Continental Hotels Group, Radisson Hotels Group and Zuri Hotels & Resorts. He was was recognized with IHG South West Asia Profit Leadership Award for 2015 & CSA Excellence Award in 2016 from IHG Asia Middle East Africa. He was awarded with IHG India Middle East Africa Leadership Team Recognition in 2018 at the Annual General Managers meet in Dubai and IHG South West Asia Holiday Inn General Manager of the Year award for 2015 along with being recognized as the Most Admired General Manager of the Year in 2015 by ACEF


Mr. Sajid Mahmood

( Hospitality Consultant )

Mr. Sajid is a B A (Honours) in Economics from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi He has done Three Year Diploma in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition, Pusa, New Delhi. His work experience includes Vice President of Marketing, Sarovar Hotels Pvt Ltd , Development, Tricone India Pvt Ltd and a General Manager of Svelte Personal Suites, Radisson Plaza Resort & Spa, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Jaipur.He has won many accolades and recognitions as Carlson General Manager for the Year award 2007, Hotel received Carlson Presidents Award” for 2007 & “Yes I Can” reward for positive approach for 2006.


Mr. Murlidharan Menon

( CEO-, Nimbus Consultancy )

A dynamic Executive with comprehensive experience of over 30 years of experience in the hospitality sector both in operations, projects and renovations with a global network in development. Last assignment was with Intercontinental Hotels Group, South West Asia as Regional Director of Design and Engineering. Instrumental in setting up various hotel projects in South West Asia- Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Colombo to the tune of 33 active projects and have successfully designed, developed and opened 5 luxury brands in India. Expertise in designing world-class systems and implementing processes that will enable the organisation to consistently meet and enhance customer satisfaction


Mr. Sunil Kumar Mathur

( Hospitality Consultant )

Mr. Sunil Mathur is a seasoned, well-known Business Leader with deep experience driving hotel performance & brand growth. With about four decades of expertise, he is a leading strategist in the industry. A graduate in Economics and Oberoi Hotels alumni, he has worked with global brands like Sheraton, Choice Hotels, Ramada, Dusit Thani and with top domestic hospitality giants like ITC & Leela Hotels. A passionate hotelier, Mr. Mathur is a product of the prestigious Oberoi Hotel School, later managed the Oberoi Management Training programme and has started the Leela Hotel Academy as well. His experience across multiple market segments & asset classes has enabled a complete professional in Mr. Mathur.


Mr. Vijay Waanchoo

( Principal Consultant )

( VW Hospitality )

Mr. Waanchoo has been heading the hotel operations since June 2009. In his earlier tenure, as the Executive Assistant Manager from1996-99, he launched The Spice Route, Patiala Peg & Daniell’s Tavern restaurants and has experience spanning over 4 decades with other luxury hotel chains like The Oberoi Hotels and ITC Hotels. His various programs for guests & associates in his current innings, have taken the hotel to new heights, creating transformations at each stage. He strongly believes in experiential luxury and says ‘It is all about creating a home away from home.’ From introducing Namaskar. All his ideas have been extremely popular amidst global travellers at The Imperial and have elevated The Imperial experience.