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Masque in Mumbai

Masque in Mumbai is the 2020 Recipient of the Miele One To Watch Award

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants has announced that Masque in Mumbai, India, is the 2020 winner of the prestigious Miele One To Watch Award. Selected by the organisers of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in collaboration with its regional experts, the Miele One To Watch title is presented to a restaurant that is outside the Asia’s 50 Best list, but is identified as a rising star of the region.

Masque’s co-owner and chef Prateek Sadhu will formally accept the honour at a special dinner, held at the Mumbai restaurant, this evening (5th March), attended by leading chefs, media and VIPs from India’s gastronomic community. The Miele One To Watch will also be celebrated as part of the eighth annual Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna. As a result of current travel restrictions in Asia, this year’s event takes the form of a virtual awards ceremony, streaming on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Facebook page and YouTube channel, starting at 4pm (HK/SG; 5pm JPN) on Tuesday, 24th March.

Launched in 2016 by Sadhu in partnership with entrepreneur and co-owner Aditi Dugar, Masque distinguishes itself as the first fine-dining, farm-to-table restaurant to introduce the tasting menu-only concept to India. Housed in a former cotton mill in Mumbai’s industrial district, Masque reveals its ambition through its striking and elegant interiors, ingredient-driven menu and commitment to quality. Prior to opening, Sadhu and Dugar spent 18 months exploring India’s diverse regions to connect with small-scale farmers and source the country’s highest quality produce. Using sustainable and often underrated ingredients, Masque presents a seasonal 10-course tasting menu that highlights Chef Sadhu’s precision, innate creativity and mastery of flavours.

Born in the northern Indian state of Kashmir, Sadhu developed his love of cooking from his aunt and mother. After enrolling in a hotel management school in India, he later graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. Drawing on techniques he developed while working in some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants – including Alinea, The French Laundry, Le Bernardin and Noma – Chef Sadhu has earned a reputation for innovation. In 2016, he was named Most Innovative Chef of the Year by the Western Culinary Association of India. Committed to sustainability, Sadhu sources many ingredients from Masque’s organic and bio-intensive farm in nearby Pune while the restaurant’s research lab drives creativity to challenge the stereotypes of Indian cuisine.

“In opening Masque, our mission has been to rediscover Indian ingredients, evoke a sense of place and promote sustainability,” explains Sadhu. “Masque adopts a progressive, modern approach to dining and strives to redefine Indian cuisine. To us, this isn’t about returning to regional recipes and simply plating them with new tweaks. It demands revisiting those recipes and ingredients with purpose and discovering how this process can build cross-cultural bridges. We are honoured that others appreciate the work we’re doing. Receiving the Miele One To Watch Award inspires us to continue on this journey of discovery.”

Masque joins a prestigious line-up of recent One To Watch award winners including Florilège in Tokyo (2016), TocToc in Seoul (2017), Toyo Eatery in Manila (2018) and JL Studio in Taiwan (2019).
William Drew, Director of Content at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, adds: “Masque represents a new chapter for India’s dining scene. The ingredient-driven menu highlights the diversity and quality of India’s local products while the creative presentation, fresh combinations and radical approach to culinary traditions point to Chef Sadhu’s progressive vision.”

“We are pleased to present Prateek Sadhu and his Masque team with this year’s Miele One To Watch Award,” said Mario Miranda, Regional Managing Director Asia at Miele. “With their ambition to always outperform themselves and their commitment to quality and sustainability, they have impressed us greatly. The same attitude, which leads to constant improvement and innovation, is part of our ‘Immer Besser’ brand philosophy at Miele: By redefining excellence every day, everywhere, we want to create delightful experiences for our customers.”

For more information, please contact CatchOn, A Finn Partners Company.