Chef Ramanand Bhatt on the desk in his restaurant with its signature pink tablecloth. (All images: the Bhatt household)

Alexandria, VA – Chef Ramanand Bhatt, the chef and restaurateur who launched Alexandria to the scrumptious vary of genuine Indian delicacies, has handed away at 84.

Chef Bhatt’s culinary inspiration got here from his mom. Cooking for a big household with little or no cash, she created scrumptious, memorable meals that fostered his love for his native delicacies. Greater than the meals, it was the “magic” she infused in all her dishes that Ramanand sought to re-create all through his profession.

Chef Bhatt started cooking professionally at a roadside café in New Delhi, India, at age 16. From the beginning, he desired to open a restaurant of his personal. At age 25, he traveled to Spain to work in a prestigious Indian restaurant for 5 years. He then returned to India to work within the Air India flight kitchens for 15 years as an assistant chef.

Chef Ramanand Bhatt, at dwelling in his restaurant kitchen.

In 1981, Bhatt got here to america and continued honing his expertise. He realized his dream ultimately when he opened Dishes of India within the Belle View Procuring Heart on June 17, 1997. The restaurant was a right away success and has continued ever since, even surviving hurricanes, floods, a devastating hearth, and now the pandemic.

Chef Bhatt devoted his work to conventional, genuine Indian delicacies. He cooked from the guts and took pleasure in seeing his patrons having fun with their meals. His household says that his secret could have been an “extraordinary present of happiness from God, which he transferred to his cooking.” His visitors knew him as a grasp magician for his creations within the kitchen, a expertise he inherited from his beloved mom.

Chef Ramanand Bhatt accepting an award along with his sons Naresh, left, and Gopal.

The key to Bhatt’s success could be discovered within the mantras that he preached: Endurance is a advantage, by no means take the shortcut route, all the time work laborious, and take note of element. His robust work ethic helped him change into that “magician within the kitchen.” Your entire Dishes of India workforce admired Chef Bhatt’s charisma and constructive angle, and he was dearly revered and cherished.

The Bhatt household will all the time be pleased about their father’s legacy, and they’ll guarantee his ardour lives on without end. Could he relaxation in peace.

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