Luxury boutique hotel The LaLit London, located on Tooley Street, Tower Bridge has appointed Santosh Shah as Executive Chef.
With 18 years of culinary experience, Santosh will be responsible for all food at The LaLiT London; 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.
Previously Head Chef of London’s Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise, Santosh worked beneath Executive Chef and CEO Vivek Singh for over two years, quickly rising through the ranks from Sous Chef at The Cinnamon Club to take the reins at the City site. Since relocating from Gujarat, India to London in 2011, Santosh has also held positions at Michelin-starred Benares Restaurant and Dishoom Bombay Café.
Overseeing a team of 20, Santosh will be responsible for developing and executing new dishes that will reflect his impeccable training in modern Indian fine-dining. New dishes will include mace and cardamom marinated lobster with seafood kichadi, monk beard, brown crab meat foam and homemade lime pickle; and tandoori celeriac with mint chutney, masala seeds, oxalis sorrel, tandoori smoked apple and garam masala purée.
Santosh Shah, Executive Chef at The LaLiT London, 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 to ensure the seamless running of the restaurant, bars and room service.