Praveen & Swarna
Praveen and Swarna 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 Tabla Indian restaurant in Perth city centre in 2009.
On the back of the success and growing reputation of quality and service provided at Tabla, Praveen opened the award winning, Indian Cook School in 2016. As the business needs grew, they decided to grow their own produce, and now work with market gardener John in Couper 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, so that we can provide the freshest of herbs and vegetables for the restaurant, cook school and ready to eat curries. I actually still go and work in the fields when I’m home visiting family.”
Praveen setup PraveenKumar.com in 2018 to provide the same high quality meals, made by hand before being freshly frozen and delivered straight to your door.
Praveen and Swarna have now permanently settled in Perth, Scotland and have been blessed with two daughters, Tanvi and Tansi.
Manmeet Singh Bali
Kitchen and Operations Manager, Michelin Star Chef and Food Guru
Praveen & Manmeet have been best buddies since 2005 when they started working at the world famous Turnberry Hotel. Their friendship has been driven by a shared passion for great Indian food and a desire to share their cuisine with others.
Manmeet was born and bought up in the Kashmir region of India. He went to university to study professional cookery, business management and hotel operations in Mangalore. He subsequently worked in 5 star hotels in India and moved to the UK in 2005 to take his place at Turnberry Hotel. He then moved to London to gain further experience and to grow his reputation as one of the UK’s top Indian chefs.
Manmeet provides his expertise to our business and ensures our meals offer the very best of quality and flavour. Manmeet comes with an extensive background at the very highest levels of Indian and UK cookery. With training and hands on experience of cooking at 5 star establishments, he is proud to cook and test meals to ensure that the quality, colour and flavour are of Tabla restaurant standard. Through testing, trial and error he has provided meals that ensure that his high standards of taste, colour and texture are not lost through the freezing process.
Manmeet’s experience includes being Head Chef at award winning Michelin Star restaurant, Vineet Bhatia of London. He was Sous Chef at Michelin Star awarded Zaika restaurant of Kensington High Street, London and formally produced UK inspired food as Chef De Partie at the Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire, Scotland.
Business Development Manager
David McEvoy is highly qualified and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management and has over 20 years sales experience gained in the energy industry. He ran several departments from on-line sales and call centre’s to commercial business sales staff. With a personal sales track record over £100+ million he had all but retired.
However, David was persauded to come out of retirement to help Praveen and Swarna set up their new business using his UK wide sales experience and trade knowledge. He will ensure that the systems in the background work well and that they provide the customer with an easy sales experience.
He says “I nearly retired, but a bit of volunteering to help others suits me down to the ground. The thought of a quality product giving people in the community a good job will be well worth the effort. I was really only prepared to help where the product was of good quality and had a future. After seeing and tasting the meals it was a very easy decision to come and help. Like me, I’m sure you’ll love the food being delivered to your doorstep – it makes for a fabulous dining experience. “