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The Leela Palace New Delhi Appoints New Food and Beverage Manager to Set New Heights of Service Excellence

New Delhi-15 September 2016 - The Leela Palace New Delhi, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rajat Kalia as the new Food and Beverage Manager.

15 Sep 2016

In his new role, Rajat will oversee the F&B operations of the award-winning restaurants, bar, banquets and butler operations for The Leela Palace New Delhi 254 rooms and suites.


He started his career with The Leela Palace Bengaluru in 2006 as Assistant Restaurant Manager of Citrus, All Day Dining restaurant where he was involved in the day to day operations of the restaurant along with monthly training of the service team. Since then he has acquired a diverse experience in operating and excelling in the management of fine dining restaurants and overall F&B space in the hotel. He comes with great knowledge and understanding of dining trends and innovative concepts which can enhance the guest experiences and give a fillip to our niche and bespoke banquet events. His strength lies in curating great service experiences, in depth product knowledge and consummate people management skills.


Speaking on the appointment Louis Sailer, General Manager, The Leela Palace New Delhi said, “We welcome Rajat back to Delhi and our young palace. In his new role, his focus will be to enhance Leela’s signature service and dining experiences. I am sure with his energy, in depth knowledge and skill sets he will contribute hugely to the young dynamic F &B teams across our restaurants and bar.”


In a short span of just 10 years of experience under his belt, Rajat has worked across leading hospitality brands in India and Maldives. His previous stints include Taj Vivanta, Surajkund, JW Marriott Aerocity, New Delhi, One and Only Reethi Rah, Maldives besides being part of the opening team of iconic Japanese restaurants like MEGU , the first Asian outpost of the legendary brand from New York at The Leela Palace New Delhi and Akira Back, a Las Vegas based Korean-Japanese modern-day dining restaurant at JW Marriott Aerocity, New Delhi.


Upon his return to The Leela Palace New Delhi, Rajat says, “ This is a homecoming for me. I am very excited to be back at the hotel that gave me the strong platform I needed in my initial years. Besides providing strategic guidance to my team and maintaining the coveted position we enjoy on Delhi’s culinary landscape, my immediate task will be to roll out the new menus and get my team ready for the busy festive season. I am excited and happy to be working in a gorgeous hotel known for its world class facilities and flawless service standards. It’s a responsibility and I am very proud to have been bestowed with it.”


A passionate photographer, in his free time, Rajat likes to sample different restaurant experiences.


About The Leela Palace New Delhi

The Leela Palace New Delhi perfectly exemplifies the magnificent architecture, grace and elegance of Lutyens’ Delhi. Located at the heart of the prestigious Diplomatic Enclave area, the hotel is in proximity to the Presidential Palace, the Prime Minister's office, a number of embassies, the central business district and a host of historical monuments. You can experience the luxury of 254 wide-spaced guestrooms and suites each spanning over 550 square feet and a Presidential Suite sprawling over 4,800 square feet. A royal Indian dining experience is offered at Jamavar modern global dining at The Qube an exclusive Japanese culinary experience at MEGU a gastronomically entertaining evening at Le Cirque and a sophisticated retreat at The Library for wines and liqueurs. For pure, blissful indulgence an exclusive spa by ESPA is presented for the first time in the capital. The Leela Palace New Delhi combines state-of-the-art functionality with traditional warmth to ensure guests the highest levels of Indian hospitality at a global standard.

About The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Established in 1986, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, owns and operates nine award-winning properties in major cities and magical leisure destinations across India. These include the flagship in the capital city of New Delhi, plus, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, East Delhi, Goa, Udaipur and Kovalam Beach, Kerala. Over the last three decades, The Leela group has been recognized for its unique identity among the world’s leading hotels, and received numerous accolades by prestigious publications and industry groups around the globe. Each property is a market leader in its respective location, and internationally acclaimed for excellence in luxury hospitality. The Leela is committed to providing guests with unforgettable stays in settings that capture the essence of India. The group has several new projects under development, including Bangalore, Jaipur, Agra, Lucknow, Kathmandu, Chandigarh, with plans to expand to Maldives, Dubai, Fujairah Beach, and Seychelles. It has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland. The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, headquartered in Mumbai, India, is owned by Hotel Leela venture Ltd, a publicly listed company. For more information, please visit our website at

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Reema Singh                                       

Head -PR & Marketing Communications

The Leela Palace New Delhi

Tel: + 91 11 3933 1261

Mobile: + 91 8800993235