The LaLit London appoints new executive chef

Luxury boutique hotel the LaLiT London has appointed a new executive chef.

The 70-bedroom property, which opened in 2017 following a £50m transformation of a former grammar school near Tower Bridge, has welcomed Santosh Shah to head up all F&B operations across the hotel.

Shah joins from his head chef role at London’s Cinnamon Kitchen, where he worked under CEO Vivek Singh for over two years, rising up the ranks to eventually take the reins at the City site.

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Since relocating from Gujarat, India to London in 2011, Shah has also held positions at Michelin-starred Benares Restaurant and Dishoom Bombay Café and has over 18 years culinary experience.

Now in his new role with The LaLiT London, he will be responsible for all food operations including pan-Indian dining destination Baluchi, The Gallery, The Headmaster’s and Teacher’s Room bars, The Terrace, private events catering and room service for the hotel’s 70 bedrooms.

Shah comments: “I am excited to be joining The LaLiT London and embarking on this new journey with such an iconic hospitality group. I am looking forward to bringing my own inspiration and dishes to this new and exciting Indian dining destination.”

Keshav Suri, executive director at The LaLiT Suri Hospitality Group, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Chef Santosh to The LaLiT family. His style and precision feels synonymous with The LaLiT Suri Hospitality Group’s core ethos, and we have confidence that his extensive experience will offer a new level of dining for guests.”

Chef Santosh will work closely with Johnson Joseph – general manager and Alexandr Strecha – food & beverage manager at The LaLiT London.

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