“Namaste” from Praveen and Swarna Kumar.(a respectful form of greeting in Indian custom, simply meaning, ‘Hello’)
Praveen’s rural roots as the son of a farmer, have come home to roost.
Growing celebrity Chef, Praveen Kumar and his wife Swarna would like to welcome you to an authentic Indian cuisine experience using the ‘best of British’ fresh food combined with ‘Praveen & Swarna’s family grown’ Indian spices, creating stunning flavours and award-winning meals.
Both were born and brought up in rural villages in Southern India where meals are cooked daily, using fresh ingredients grown in local fields. They married and moved to Scotland where combining their passion for good and simple food, they founded the bustling Indian restaurant ‘Tabla’ in Perth city centre, since 2009.
On the back of the success and growing reputation of quality and service provided at Tabla, Chef Praveen, opened the award winning, Indian Cook School (2016). As the business needs grew they decided to grow their own produce and now work with market gardener John from Coupar Angus, Perthshire, to grow “beyond organic” vegetables and herbs.
Praveen explained, “I thought about farming as I’ve always been interested in growing my own produce, it’s literally in my blood. This is what we have reproduced right here in Perthshire, allowing us to provide the freshest of herbs and vegetables for the restaurant, cook school and ready to eat curry businesses. I actually still go and work in the fields when I’m home visiting family. However, when I was younger I felt I wanted something more than just growing food, I wanted to turn great fresh produce into something worth eating. So, at 17, with the help of family members, I went university to study professional cookery, business management and hotel operations”.
Very quickly Praveen was working in some of the finest 5 star hotels in India and soon opportunities opened up abroad and he moved to the Sandals resort in Jamaica. With a growing reputation he was headhunted for management positions at two of the best hotels in Scotland; firstly at The Turnberry Hotel in Ayrshire (now Trump Turnberry) and latterly at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.
Working in these hotels gave Praveen great experience of cooking with top quality ingredients, working with local producers and learning his trade alongside Michelin star chefs.
Praveen further explained “But I always wanted to cook the kind of Indian food I grew up with and have my own restaurant. So I followed my heart and opened my own Indian restaurant, which is named after the musical instrument I used to play at home, a ‘Tabla’ drum.”
The hard work from Praveen, Swarna and their team is well recognised by the food and drinks Industry and recent awards include:
- World Cuisine Chef of the Year 2018 – Scottish food and drinks awards
- Cook School of the year 2018 – The Scottish Food Awards
- Outstanding Curry of the year 2018 – Scottish Curry Awards
- Taste our Best 2018 – Visit Scotland
- AA One Rosette, held by Tabla Restaurant for 5 years
Praveen and Swarna have now permanently settled in Perth, Scotland and have been blessed with two daughters, Tanvi and Tansi.
Praveen now appears regularly on TV, radio and press, most recently in the Scottish Sunday Post, who bestowed him with the title “The Curry King”. He is in demand to provide personal appearances and lessons at events and shows right across the UK and has been called upon to judge several prestigious cooking competitions.
Praveen Kumar “Ready to Eat” meals provide you with your own celebrity chef, in your own home, straight from your freezer. Enjoy!