The guiding vision behind Rasa is Das Sreedharan. Born in Kerala, and never far from food being grown, food getting prepared and food building communities, Das moved to London to study accounting.
His infatuation with preparing food and building communities around food, soon became his calling. After starting Rasa, he started cooperative farms, where food is grown naturally, with no interference whatsoever. In London, he hosts 'An Evening with Das'- a series of well-received lectures, where he spreads his addictive cheer and inspires his audience to pay attention to how they eat and what they eat.
He has been featured on Preschard's People and No Reservations with Bourdain. He has hosted superstar chef Jamie Oliver's wedding.
It's extremely rare to meet people who leave eternal impression in your life, especially restaurant operators. Long ago when I started our first restaurant and as we became successful, veterans from the restaurant sector used to visit us—Rose Gray, Antonio Carluccio, Terence Conran, et al. Read More
Monsoon has never been so erratic in Kerala as this year, much less rainfall to be precise. It wasn't that bad though; early morning outbursts and cooling sunset rains make life virtually comfortable and consistent. The season's ayurveda treatments and diet have become popular with visitors and locals, and it's a time to relax and eat healthy, simple food. Read More
There are numerous factors common about West Bengal and Kerala, which contributed to the progress and intellect of their people. Among many concurring features, teashop culture was one that we fondly recall, since a beautiful childhood in the village. Read More
The multi-cultural society of Britain and London's Mayor make a genuine effort to reach out to every community possible by celebrating an array of festivals including Diwali, St Patrick's Day, Feast of St George, Eid, and New Year's Eve Fireworks etc. Read More
A fragrance-filled vegetal orchard always brings back the memories of childhood days I spent with my mother. Her love for nature and cows was legendary; we swayed and merged tastefully with plants and vegetables every time we visited our vegetable garden in the mornings. Read More
"I have met several waiters who have at least one knife-throwing-chef story in their repertoire. The best way to explain this is to understand that kitchen staff and waiters are like the Palestinians and Israelis, separate and distinct nationalities uncomfortably sharing the same volatile piece of real estate," Read More
Chef Rajan has been amorously excited about creating a new organic cutlet for the upcoming Valentine's Day, as usual it's a night of drama for us and a new (exclusive) menu counts a lot. While preparing beetroots, carrots and potatoes, he thought about the many 14th February evenings of the past 20 years and our efforts to make meals memorable. Read More
Pressing my face against the glass window I gazed at the aircraft, it was my first sight of an airplane. That was the day we were taken to see off our Uncle who was an executive for Indian Airlines. His homecoming meant a prospect to visit the airport—an otherwise rare opportunity to meet famous people. Read More
I had a great experience at a children's home at Palakkad in Kerala once. It was a dazzling Sunday morning—many a time I wake up with the memories of the day and the place. It has been almost three decades since I left home to chase a dream, but fond memories of people and places have always been a great inspiration as I recollect these experiences often. Read More
There's more to Christmas and autumn than an early setting sun, rising moon and blossoming new moods and synergies on Oxford Street's overflowing 2.5 km-long shopping zone. Festival illuminations have been beautifying the street from November every year since 1959, switched on by a celebrity with music. Read More
As we unify global cultures and lifestyles, the most obvious change has been the upsurge of sabbatical inclinations in people. Several countries celebrate success though tourism related endeavours and the world population travels across continents to enjoy, explore and educate themselves. Read More
Serving people is all about a lot of observation, care and charm. Having been in this profession virtually three decades now, I have taken this task to even outside my restaurants. A novel smile and unsullied chat craft friendships; it's delightful when you observe pleasure as they value your endeavour. Read More
As we become adult and move away from home, leaving behind beautiful experiences, memories give us strength to outlive, preserve our nostalgia for a whole epoch. People back home may never value preciousness of these pearls that colour our imagination and enrich our personalities. Read More