The Most Famous Indian Chef In The World Has Resigned!

  • 02 Jul 2019

Renowned Indian chef Gaggan Anand has quit from his namesake fine-dining restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. 

In a post on his Instagram account, the 41-year-old confirmed the news of his resignation from the Gaggan restaurant, which is listed in The World's 50 Best Restaurants.

Sharing a clipping of a Singapore Straits Times (ST) article on his resignation, Anand confirmed that he had sent in his resignation effective June 24, but said he remains a business partner of the company.

"The condition of my resignation is still under reviewing (sic) between me and my partners. Next meeting is end of July after I come back from family trip in Europe. 

"I was hurted (sic) and too tired. But I will make sure that, whatever the result, all Gaggan family will be well taken care. When I say 'family', it’s my staff, my customers and all my fans included. I love ❤️ u all," he wrote, adding that he will post further updates on the matter when the time comes. 

Anand concluded the post by joking that he needs to look for a new job soon.

According to ST, Anand's decision to quit came following "major differences" with the other shareholders of the business, for some time. 

It all came to a boil last week, when he decided to throw in the towel.

As for his future plans, Anand told ST he may buy over the remaining shares to enable him to still run the restaurant, or open up a new restaurant. 

Apart from Gaggan, Anand also has shares in other restaurants in Thailand, such as Suhring, which serves German cuisine; Gaa, a European-Asian fusion restaurant that uses local produce, and his own steakhouse Meatlicious. 

Gaggan, which was opened in 2010, had been steadily moving up the World's 50 Best Restaurants List - from number 17 in 2014 to number 4 this year. The list is voted in by a panel of chefs, food journalists and gourmands from the West. 

While Gaggan moved up the world list, it dropped down one spot to No 2 in last year's Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list, which is drawn up by a different panel from Asia.

Anand's cuisine in Gaggan often feature Japanese inspirations. 

One such creation is the "yogurt" explosion - quail’s egg-like yogurt sphere that explodes in the palate with a seasonally changing flavour such as the current masala lassi, that has remained a permament fixture since Gaggan was opened. 

He had also introduced a 25-course tasting menu with just emoji, where the diners are only served with menu with words after they have consumed the course. 

This was after Anand, an avid Instagram user, saw how diners of his restaurant often described emojis to describe his food on social media. 

In 2017, Anand raised eyebrows by announcing he will close Gaggan next year to start a 12-seat restaurant in Fukuoka, Japan that opens only on weekends.

Source: Straits Times, Wikipedia, Bloomberg
Photo source:, Trip Advisor

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