By Angela Green
Andaz London welcomes back Hameed Farook as Executive Chef, who, in his new role, will pilot the development of culinary offerings and direction of kitchen activities ensuring refined dining experiences across all five of the hotel’s unique F&B outlets.
During his previous time at Andaz London, Farook demonstrated his ability to fulfil this goal, which led to his 3 AA Rosette, held for three consecutive years between 2010-2015.
Farook is a culinary veteran making way from his most recent role as Executive Chef in Park Hyatt Hyderabad, India. Previously, he was part of the pre-opening team at Park Hyatt Vienna, Austria and has executively headed the kitchens in Sofitel St. James London and Radisson Blu Portman Square.
He brings two decades of kitchen experience and is looking forward to presenting his culinary arts to diners.
Speaking of his appointment he said: “My main goal is to connect people over food, be it the customer or my colleagues. One of the greatest virtues of my family is ‘Virundhombal’, which literally translates to hospitality – I carry this with me as I start this new role.”
In 2013, Chef Hameed was recognised for Andaz London’s scheme to provide culinary training and job opportunities to homeless individuals in partnership with the charity Providence Row.
Notably, he introduced his own unique line of flavoured cultured Ghee named “Ghee it up’’ and has actively collaborated with the British Beekeepers Association in the past. Together, they implemented strategic beehive installations within various hotels across London, contributing to the conservation and growth of the urban bee population facing a decline.
Chef Hameed grew up in Chennai, India and always dreamt of working in the culinary industry, having witnessed his father manage a restaurant. Outside of work, Hameed enjoys keeping fit with his family through hiking and cycling. He also has a talent for singing and photography, as these help him to connect with the world around him.