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Vineet Bhatia wins second Michelin star

18 November 2009 by
Vineet Bhatia wins second Michelin star

Indian chef-restaurateur Vineet Bhatia has won a Michelin star for his Rasoi by Vineet restaurant in Geneva, Switzerland.

The chef-proprietor of the Michelin-starred Rasoi Vineet Bhatia in London has won his second star for his venture at Geneva's Mandarin Oriental hotel, which he has run for two years.

The result sees Bhatia become only the second British chef (after Gordon Ramsay) to hold Michelin stars in more than one country. He was the first Indian chef to gain a Michelin-star in 2001.

Bhatia told Caterersearch he was thrilled with the accolade. "We wanted to have a Michelin-star at this restaurant and are very proud to have won it," he said.

Separately, Bhatia told Caterersearch that he will launch a new restaurant in India next year.

Located at Mumbai's famous Oberoi Hotel, where Bhatia trained to become a chef 25 years ago, Zaffran will launch in early-January.

"The team from the hotel will be training with me in London for one month before we launch the new restaurant," Bhatia said.

"The menu will have to cater for the local Indian market, which is very different from London. There will be more intense flavours but the food will still bear my modern style."

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By Kerstin KÁ¼hn

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