- The Chef
Chef Haresh Kumar
Chef Haresh Kumar is an expert in cooking tandoori and grilled Indian dishes. As the executive chef of Imli restaurant, he brings his years of experience and creative mind to the plate. His cooking style fits perfectly with Imli’s vision to bring traditional Indian dishes with a modern touch to New York City.
The chef began his career in Chicken Inn, a well-known Mughlai restaurant running in Delhi, India for the past five decades. He then worked in Pakwan, a Le Meridien restaurant, for the next seven years before moving to NYC.
In New York, Haresh worked in many renowned Indian restaurants like Cafe Spice, Junoon and Tamarind. During this phase, he made an impression as an expert in Indian cuisine in NYC’s restaurant industry.
While working for Junoon, he worked alongside world-renowned chef and then executive chef Vikas Khanna, who highly praised his skills and dubbed him the Tandoori Genius. There he developed many signature dishes including the monkfish tikka.
Now at Imli, Haresh showcases a menu with classic dishes from different regions of India. He recreates each dish by combining traditional recipes with modern cooking techniques and subtle ingredients that bring out unique flavors that must be experienced.