Interviewing Arjun - The Brains Behind Chakra
Posted on 20th March 2015
Behind every great restaurant is a great owner, and we thought it was high time we shone a little light on the brains behind Chakra: Mr. Arjun Varma.
Although food has been a life-long passion, it has not always been the number one love of Arjun's life. Arjun, you see, is not just an entrepreneur, but also a sportsman. And a pretty good one too! From the ages of 8 to 23 Arjun played tennis professionally, and still plays to this day, representing Surrey. Arjun says he learned a lot from his sporting career which has stood him in good stead for his career in the catering industry. He believes that being used to both the successes and the disappointments which come with professional sport, has helped him to deal with the highs and lows which form a daily part of working in the restaurant business.
In 1997, following the end of his tennis career, Arjun made the move into the food industry, creating and developing the brands Vama (an Indian restaurant in Chelsea) and food service company Vama Khana. The latter worked alongside an airline catering service and facilitated the bringing of iconic Indian food brands to major department stores, such as Selfridges and Harrods.
Following the success of Vama, Arjun and his brother Andy decided to look for a new venture, and, in 2011, Chakra was born. The pair wanted to add a new face to the London Indian food scene - a high-end brand that would focus on three areas: Indian Fine Dining, Events and Catering, and a home delivery service. Their vision for the restaurant was clear - they would serve the most authentic Indian dishes in the most tasteful surroundings. A visit to Chakra today shows how well that vision was realised - Chakra is the epitome of style, elegance, and the very finest Indian cuisine.
Tune in next week to learn more about the man, and the story, behind Notting Hill's favourite Indian restaurant.