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Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is delighted to welcome Chef SK Afsar Rahaman as he heads the North Indian atelier of the interactive dining destination, Spiral, and curates the hotel’s Indian menu for banquets and opulent weddings.

With more than 15 years of expertise in the culinary arts, Chef Afsar mastered his craft from his wide experience working in Koala International Fine Dining Restaurant in Saudi Arabia, and in several hotels and resorts all over India including New Kenilworth Hotel in Kolkata, Forayas Resort in Pune, and Fortune Park JP Cosmos and Double Tree Suite by Hilton in Bangalore. On his first stint in the Philippines, Chef Afsar sets out to reintroduce the well-beloved Indian cuisine to Filipino gourmands with his own signature take, reimagined recipes, and elevated menu line-up at Spiral’s North Indian Atelier.


Specializing in biryani, kebab, and curry, Chef Afsar’s passion for cooking developed from watching his mother cook in the kitchen at home in Kolkata, India. “It was the biggest influence for my wanting to become a chef as a kid—watching my mother cook her very own recipe for biryani and enjoying every time she prepared food for our family,” Chef Afsar fondly shares. At the young age of 18, he has started working at hotel kitchens as a Commis Chef then rose up the ranks to becoming Jr. Sous Chef.

One of the most popular destinations among the 21 dining ateliers at Spiral, the North Indian Atelier features a treasure trove of richly flavorful dishes with exotic spices that define Indian cuisine.

“I am excited to join the Sofitel team as we transport guests to the culinary landscape of India that are sure to excite the adventurous Filipino palette,” shares Chef Afsar.

For more information, inquiries or reservations, please call 63-02 8-573.5555 or email H6308@sofitel.com.

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