• Awards
  • Conference
  • Exhibition
13th June, 2019 Sahara Star, Mumbai


Prashant Issar

Co-founder & CEO, Squaremeal Foods Private

Prashant describes himself as "someone, who pursues opportunities beyond his control.” Ask some of his peers and they will say things like "confident, charismatic, unpredictable, ambitious and always in-a-hurry". He started his career at one of India’s top hotels, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, working extensively in food and beverage across various kitchens and restaurants for five years.

He then packed his bags and moved to London, the city he considers the culinary capital of the world. In London, he worked for over ten years in various restaurants and was involved in new openings in Soho and Chelsea. He managed the famous Michelin star restaurant, Amaya in Knightsbridge for over five years. Ever hungry to learn, he bagged a scholarship at the Henley Business School for an MBA, he majored in entrepreneurship.

Ditching the comforts of a settled life he returned to India, working in hotels restaurants, heading brands like Hakkasan and Yauatcha in India, before opening his own Indian- tapas inspired restaurant, Mirchi & Mime, with business partner Anuj Shah in Mumbai in 2015. Together, they opened their second restaurant, Madeira & Mime, in the same neighbourhood in 2016. Prashant used the opportunity to break from convention and create a service design employing hearing impaired service staff and complement it by curating an eclectic menu from his experiences.

Both restaurants have garnered high acclaim for food and service. And in his own words – 'I'm only just getting started'.