When you taste Chef Prasad Chirnomula’s food, you know immediately that you are in the hands of an artist. Whether it is Indian cuisine in one of his four Thali restaurants or Mexican in Oaxaca Kitchen in New Haven, both critics and guests have grown to count on his consistently delectable and nuanced food.
It was no exaggeration when the esteemed Rosengarten Report called him "...the most exciting Indian chef in the United States.” The New York Times review of Thali gave it a coveted “Excellent” rating and celebrated Chef Prasad’s cuisine: "unusual, exciting, and so varied that I am never bored with eating there.” And that is the crucial factor that has made him a superstar: his flavorful and creative dishes rise above the categories of “Indian” and “Mexican.” Chef Prasad Chirnomula is an international chef.
In addition to running his six restaurants, Chef Prasad leads tasting tours of India, hosts private tasting dinners, teaches cooking classes and offers his services at multiple charity events for such groups as the American Liver Foundation, Varli, James Beard House, the American Red Cross, Share Our Strength, the Connecticut Food Bank and the Food Bank for New York City; he was a celebrity guest chef at Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival to benefit Johnson & Wales University. Most recently, Chef Prasad was the winner of the 2011 & 2013 Elm City Iron Chef competition and appeared in Food Network in 2012.