Sachin Chopra, Executive Chef
Few restaurateurs have what it takes to garner a Michelin star right out of the gate. But that's just what Sachin Chopra accomplished when he opened his first restaurant in the Bay Area, All Spice.
The very personal restaurant is a reflection of his culture, training and forthright approach to cooking. At All Spice, he is blazing a new trail in cuisine. He refuses to be hemmed in by categories; he wants his food to speak for itself. Although Indian by heritage, his food is not necessarily that. Although classically French trained, Sachin’s techniques are not defined solely in that manner, either. Instead, his style is modern, elegant and expressive, inspired by local ingredients, global flavors and his own spirited imagination.
He got his start working in kitchens in his native India, and then went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. He honed his abilities working the line at famed four-star Daniel in Manhattan, impressing Chef de Cuisine Alex Lee with his ability to meld Indian flavors with French classics.
Sachin continued to move beyond traditional Indian cookery when he was hired as executive chef of Restaurant Tiffin in New York City, which specialized in fusion Indian vegetarian cuisine. That was followed by the opening of Sachin's own restaurant, Tapasserie in New York, which served Indian-Spanish-American small plates. A year later, he became executive chef-partner of Spice Grill, also in New York.
In 2003, he was lured to California to be the executive sous chef of the glitzy Amber India in San Jose's Santana Row. The success of Amber India prompted a trend of modern Indian restaurants in the Bay Area, many of which Sachin had a hand in launching. In particular, he was executive chef at Palo Alto's Mantra for two years. He was also the consulting chef for Sakoon in Mountain View, as well as its opening executive chef.
Throughout his career, Sachin has always been a forward-thinking chef never afraid to break with conformity. As a result, in its short time already, All Spice has proved a launching ground for talented chefs who have learned alongside Sachin before going on to notable establishments such as Waiheke Island Yacht Club in San Francisco and Tertulia in New York City. All Spice is the culmination of all of Sachin's experiences and the ultimate stage for his talents.