Zorawar Kalra, a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston’s Bentley Business University, with an entrepreneurial bent of mind and a genetic love for food, over the years, has ostensibly studied the Indian food & beverage market, introducing some of the most genre defining restaurant concepts in Indian Cuisine. Counted amongst one of the youngest, successful restaurateurs of India, he has amalgamated a penchant for Indian food with his natural business acumen and a rich heritage spanning over four decades in the Indian culinary space and hospitality industry. Considered as the ‘Man with a Vision on a Mission’ & ‘the Prince of Indian cuisine’, he has recently been recognized amongst the Forty Under 40 - India’s Hottest Young Business Leaders 2016 by The Economic Times & Spenser Stuart, “Restaurateur of the Year Award, 2016”, Vir’s Critic Choice EazyDiner Foodie Awards, 50 Most Influential Young Indians by GQ India, “Restaurateur of the Year Award, 2014”, Vir Sanghvi Awards, HT Crystals, 2014 and “Entrepreneur of the Year in Service Business - F & B Services”, Entrepreneur India Awards, 2014.
An aficionado of Indian cuisine and taking immense pride in the cuisine from the region, it is his belief that concerted efforts need to be made to elevate the position of Indian cuisine, globally and it is up to people from the country to ensure continuation of its culinary legacy. Placing Indian food on the global palate, permanently, while showcasing its robustness has been his personal crusade, which formed the basis of establishing Massive Restaurants in December 2012. It is with this intent, and also to showcase the exemplary culinary talent from the country, that he recently took up the mantle of being one of the principal Judges in the fifth season of MasterChef India (2016).
Massive Restaurants, spearheaded by Zorawar won over 19 prestigious awards under various categories within it’s first year of launch. Under its umbrella are revolutionary, trendsetting, critically Zorawar Kalra Founder & Managing Director Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. & Judge, MasterChef India, 2016 (Season 5) acclaimed, multi-award winning and iconic brands like the premium fine dining restaurant Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra. Masala Library, the magnum opus of Mr. Jiggs Kalra, is considered among the best restaurants in India, having won over fifteen prestigious awards within the first year of its launch in October 2013, while being appreciated by both diners and critics alike. Made in Punjab, the smart casual restaurant concept, serving traditional cuisine from the Punjab province, offers culinary masterpieces from the regions surrounding the Five Rivers in a rustic-chic avataar, while the multi-award winning, critically acclaimed, revolutionary modern Indian bistro Farzi Café, best described as a gourmet experience, amalgamates traditional global cuisine, with Indian influences, contemporary presentations, culinary styles and ambiance with the aim to bring Indian cuisine, back “in-Vogue”. Also part of the Massive Restaurants portfolio is it’s multi-award winning, critically acclaimed modern pan-Asian bistro concept Pa Pa Ya which offers a high energy dining experience while reinventing Asian cuisine on a global scale. With the recent launch of MasalaBar, the fifth concept, Massive Restaurants aims to completely revolutionarise the Indian nightlife. MasalaBar is a mixological exploration using some of the most advanced equipment in an amost lobratory expreince showcasing the pinnacle of innovation in world hospitality. Also in works is a new signature gourmet Indian confectionary concept, which will be yet another a signature “Jiggs Kalra” to be introduced, shortly.
Zorawar, an avid golfer, is a technology enthusiast with interests in gadgets, likes to spend most of his leisure time with his family, exploring new destinations or on the Budh International Circuit driving his prized possession with fellow sports car enthusiasts.