Pillars of Malaka Spice

Praful Chandawarkar, Founder – Director

Praful Chandawarkar established Malaka Spice in 1997 with his late wife Cheeru Chandawarkar. He quit his successful Investment Banking profession back then, to fulfill his dream of starting a restaurant of his own. He and Cheeru travelled extensively across Southeast Asia, bringing back the recipes they liked and creating what today is known as the Malaka Spice menu.

Praful is one of the most reputed restauranteurs in the country recognised for his unparalleled contribution to the hospitality industry in the past 20 years. He was awarded as the ‘Best Restauranteur of the Year’ in 2016 by Times Food Awards.

He now divides his time between Malaka Spice and Tvum – his new restaurant venture that serves ancient Indian recipes.

Shrijith Ravindran, CEO

Shrijith Ravindran is the live wire of Malaka Spice. Shrijith first joined the organisation 17 years back as a steward while he was still pursuing his Diploma. From a Steward to a CEO, his journey has been phenomenal and not to mention an important one in shaping what Malaka Spice is today.

Shrijith has contributed to every big step that Malaka Spice took in the past two decades. From expanding the restaurant from a small setup to a big one in Koregaon Park, Pune to launching the first franchise and now expanding across the country, he has done it all! Shrijith has been successfully able to improve the bottom line of the company over the years and has been admired for his sales strategies in the organisation.

Shrijith loves to play football and travel and was the part of the the team that bagged the Limca Book of Awards for baking the biggest pizza in India in 2001.

Anuja Bhondwe, Manager – Marketing and Guest Engagement

Anuja heads the marketing and guest engagement at Malaka Spice. With the support of a very efficient team, Anuja ensures that all the marketing activities for the Malaka Spice restaurants are carried out smoothly.

While she is not busy strategising, you will find Anuja with a dessert in her hand! She is a big foodie and loves to travel.

Ameeta Menon, Director – Human Care and Processes

Ameeta Menon is a self-motivated, result-oriented professional with 20 years of industry experience in Learning and Development, Program Management, Consulting, Vendor Management and Associate Relations and Operations. She heads the Human Care department at Malaka Spice.

She has been very passionately involved in the area of holistic healing and wellness and has been a Reiki practitioner for the past 16 years.

Pradeep Nair, F&B Controller

Pradeep Nair is one of the oldest and one of the most resilient strategist at Malaka Spice in form of an F&B Controller. He is also Malaka Spice’s first ‘intrapreneur’, supplying our restaurants with fresh coconuts every day.

To many in the organisation he is like an elder brother, in whom one can confide in. And has worked on many successful projects during Malaka Spice’s growth stage.

Chandrakant Phirke, General Manager – Projects

Chandrankant Phirke, our General Manager has been a part of Malaka Spice for the 8 years. He has contributed generously in setting up all the processes in the organisation for the first time and our first franchise outlet – Malaka Spice, Baner, Pune, The Tap Room by Malaka Spice, Pune and our first two ‘out of station’ restaurants, Malaka Spice, Nashik and Malaka Spice, Goa were launched under his supervision.

He also introduced a unique cooling system in The Taproom by Malaka Spice that has worked effectively. CK has been nominated four times for the ‘Manager of the Year – Malaka Spice Group’ award and has won it twice.

Dnyaneshwar Joshi, Purchase Manager

Dnyaneshwar Joshi is our Purchase Manager. He has successfully contributed to Malaka Spice’s new initiatives for cost control since 2012 and has been awarded an appreciation certificate by the company.

Vikram Gakkan, Corporate Chef

Vikram Gakkan recently joined Malaka Spice as a Corporate Chef.

Apart from his culinary experiments, he takes great pleasure in travelling and trekking in the foothills of Himalayas.