Chef Koushik Shankar

Chef and Entrepreneur, Eatitude

Some people know their calling almost as soon as they are born. Some people realize it when they turn five – like Chef Koushik, or The Madd Chef. In fact, for him the urge to cook and create was more than a passion: it was a compulsion. Devouring Asterix and Obelix comics, inspired his first cooking adventure. At the age of five, this champ went straight for the Cheese Fondue.

School done, he went straight to IHM, Bangalore. He was in the right place at the right time. Indians were just beginning to explore new tastes, textures and consistencies on their palates. Restaurants were the new ‘thing’.

Today, his company, Eatitude has the right attitude towards food and hospitality. Chef Koushik's projects span India, his expertise touches all aspects of food. Projects he's worked on include restaurants and cafes such as Maplai-Savour South India, Jonahs Bistro, Cleo's Grill, Koala Joes, Sloppy Joes, Illusions-The Madras Pub, Peaches, Gokulams, Java Green, Dewberry's, Soup and Salad Cafe, the Bayleaf, Mash at Besant Nagar, and several others.

The Madd Chef's forays into television have seen him on Masala Express and Thamizhagathin Samayal Champion. Chef’s repertoire is increasing, and Eatitude's demand is growing.