Nirav Mistry lived in the US for 13 years before migrating to Sydney in 2011.
Nirav started his culinary journey at the Taj in Mumbai. Joining the iconic Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, as a chef management trainee was a matter of great pride and a dream come true, says Nirav.
For the 18 years he was in the culinary business, Nirav held various management positions at the renowned Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, Loews Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts in the United States of America. In Australia, he worked in several International companies such as the TFE Hotels, Macquarie Bank and the Accor Hotels as an Executive Chef. He describes his style as “American contemporary cuisine, classic as well as cutting-edge”.
The starting of ‘Cheeky Bites’ in 2012 with the punchline “catering with a twist”, the brain child of his wife, his confidant and his comrade in arms, Malini, has been the most memorable moment for Nirav. Though both were working professionals, with two young children to manage, Nirav says his wife Malini was “unstoppable and ready to risk it all”. Nirav and Malini have also invested in several ventures such as swimming school franchises, health and fitness businesses, hedge fund investment portfolios and food ventures.
Nirav strongly recommends Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior by Jonah Berger as a book to read. He believes that, “A good attitude is contagious and inspires others. Great things in business are achieved by team of individuals rather than an individual.”
The way I see it
Growth? It is a never ending process.
Business mantra! Get your head in the game.
Advice to budding entrepreneurs… Businesses built around strengths and talents will have a greater chance of success. It’s not only important to create a profitable business, it’s also important that you’re happy managing and growing it day in and day out. If your heart isn’t in it, you will not be successful.
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