Plush hotels, well-groomed hotelier, grandeur of fine dining all fascinated Chiquita while growing up in Mumbai where she was also influenced by several regional cuisines through her family, friends and neighbors.Les Roches International Hotel Management School in Switzerland was, therefore, a natural choice to gain professional expertise .Chiquita then went on to train at the Four Seasons, London and Hyatt Regency, Denver.
After marrying her college sweetheart Sumit Gulati whose family has been running the Gulati Restaurant at Pandara Road successfully for over five decades , Sumit & Chiquita moved back to India and got involved in the family business .She credits her father-in-law Mr Vinod Gulati for helping her gain in-depth experience & technical know-how of the restaurant trade in Delhi.
Chiquita, along with Sumit upped the ante and opened the highly acclaimed and successful Spice Market, a Pan Indian restaurant in 2008. At Spice Market she got to showcase her talent , passion and perspective of Indian cuisine and then present it in a way that not only uplifts the dish artistically but also brings about a balance to the whole experience.
A mother of two , her boys share her passion for cooking and they often accompany her to work - I can see the foundations being laid to carry forward this great legacy !