Ankur Chawla is currently a passionate Entrepreneur, a much awarded Sommelier/Beverage expert well covered by media. He is an avid Speaker on various national and international platforms including TEDx, Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair, Josh Talks and guest speaker in many institutes etc.
He is one of the Taj 26/11 attacks survivor and has Authored a best-selling book as well. He has been a regular contributor in writing articles etc. in various magazines like Spiritz India, Sommelier India etc.
Ankur graduated from The Institute of Hotel Management in Shimla in the year 2008, and began his career as a management trainee with Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai immediately after. With a keen interest in beverages from the very outset, Ankur studied Beverages academically from WSET, London and has been certified at completing Level Three of the programme; having been exposed to Master Sommeliers from various parts of the globe. Post this learning, he was given the additional responsibility as the Sommelier of the Taj Mahal Hotel New Delhi as well as managing restaurant Wasabi by Morimoto at the hotel.
Ankur shaped the Beverages program of JW Marriott New Delhi as their Director of Beverages and played a global role as member of Marriott’s Asia Pacific Beverage Advisory Board in the year 2014. Ankur was the key player in establishing stand-alone restaurants “Masala Library” by Jiggs Kalra and “Made in Punjab”. The year 2017 saw Ankur move the entrepreneurial way, establishing three firms by the name of Scope Bev, One Fine Meal and Anonymous Food Labs.