Avinash Shashidhara


With roots from Bangalore, India - Avi moved to the UK in 2005. He worked at Claude Bosi’s kitchen at Hibiscus and with John Hoskins’ MW at The Old Bridge Hotel. In 2008, the late Rose Gray offered Avi an opportunity to join the team at The River Café where he has worked for 10 years. Their ethos for the finest seasonal ingredients, treated with simplicity and respect, resounded with him.

Yearning for freshly cooked meals from home, he now spends his time cooking and developing recipes for delicious Indian food. He uses high quality ingredients that are seasonal and locally available, eventually wanting to turn this into a London restaurant.