Dr. Chef P Soundararajan
Chairman, Marketing committee,
World Chefs -World Association of Chefs Societies
World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS)
Indian Federation of Culinary Associations, India (IFCA)
Corporate Executive Chef
Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Ltd, India
Corporate Executive Chef at Club Mahindra Holidays
Dr. Chef P Soundararajan is currently Corporate Executive Chef at Club Mahindra Holidays & Resorts, India’s leading lifetime holiday company with 50 resorts across the country.
He has held this position since 1997.
His responsibilities include
Monitoring of overall F&B operations
Compiling and implementing standard operating procedures
Commissioning of new restaurants and setting up standard recipes along with menu engineering across resorts.
Corporate Executive Chef at Club Mahindra
Dr. Chef Soundar holds Bachelor Degrees in Science, and Catering and Hotel Management;
He has been certified in World Cuisine from the Culinary Institute of America;
Completed a fellowship program at the St Nicholas University, Louisiana; certified by the World Association of Chefs (WACs);
Certified by Training House, USA as a “Catalytic Instructor”
Honorary Doctorate in 2011
Golden Star Award in 2008
This award also marked his service to the Food & Beverage industry for twenty-five years.
‘Best Chef of India’ Award in 2008
39 years of professional experience as a chef.
Commencing his career with The Ashok, a part of the Taj Group of Hotels, he trained under the renowned French Chef Roger Moncourt and was assigned to Catering for the prestigious Asian Games for close to six thousand athletes every day.
The Prime Minister's Chef !
He formed part of the team that offered hospitality to the first meeting of the Non – Aligned Summit 1983 and CHOGM.
His skills were appreciated by more than 40 heads of State, including Nelson Mandela, K P. Bhattarai, and Maumoon Gayoom, winning him several accolades.
His stint there saw many a delightful beach food carnivals. In 1984, he worked as a chef at Kanishka Hotel and gained tremendous knowledge and experience working with Chef J M. Chaudhuri.
Soundararajan was instrumental in the detailed planning and opening of the hotel’s first salad bar and also subsequently organized an array of food festivals, Burger festival, Biryani festival, Bengali Utsav, Mango Festival etc to name a few.
He received an invitation to work on board the world’s No.1 Luxury Liner Queen Elizabeth II.
Apart from planning, preparing and serving more than forty Indian menus, Soundararajan had the opportunity to train International chefs in Indian cuisine and to learn various aspects of European cuisine from them.