Varun Parashar: Weaving culinary magic at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO

Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Maldives, OZEN LIFE MAADHOO stands as an epitome of luxury and indulgence. Leading the charge in crafting unforgettable culinary experiences is none other than Varun Parashar, the visionary Executive Chef whose culinary journey from childhood dreams to helming the kitchens of this prestigious resort is nothing short of extraordinary.

Varun’s love affair with the culinary arts began at a tender age, fuelled by the culinary wizardry of his grandmother and mother. The lively markets of New Delhi, the kaleidoscope of ingredients, and the alchemy of flavours captured his imagination. His formative years were spent immersed in the world of culinary exploration, accompanying his grandmother to markets and spending countless hours in her kitchen. The allure of the culinary world deepened as he avidly followed cooking shows on television, with Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen becoming a personal favourite.

Selecting a career path was a decision not taken lightly, and after much contemplation, Varun found himself discussing his aspirations with his father, an architect, and his elder sister, a software engineer. His father’s advice, emphasising the need for dedication, passion, and time in the culinary profession, proved to be a guiding light. Encouraged to pursue his passion, Varun enrolled at the Institute of Hotel Management in Lucknow, where he completed his Bachelor of Hospitality and Hotel Administration, specialising in culinary arts.

The professional journey kicked off when Varun joined Oberoi Hotels & Resorts as a trainee commis. Three years into his tenure, an exciting opportunity arose to train in Italy under the mentorship of renowned chefs. This overseas stint marked a turning point, broadening Varun’s culinary horizons to include the nuances of Italian and European cuisines. Upon his return to India, he further honed his skills through a comprehensive two-year programme at the Oberoi Centre of Learning & Development, specialising as a Kitchen Management Associate.

Varun’s career within the Oberoi Hotels group saw him assume pivotal roles at various locations, including business, leisure, and boutique hotels. His journey culminated in the prestigious position of Senior Sous Chef at The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur, showcasing his versatility and commitment to excellence.

In 2019, the allure of the Maldives beckoned, and Varun seized the opportunity to join OZEN LIFE MAADHOO as the Executive Sous Chef. Little did he know that this move would mark a significant chapter in his culinary expedition. Entrusted with the responsibility of heading the M6M Underwater Restaurant, Varun showcased his culinary finesse, earning accolades from both peers and patrons.

The turning point arrived in June 2022 when Varun Parashar ascended to the role of Executive Chef at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO. His favourite cuisines, Indian and Mediterranean, now take centre stage in the resort’s diverse culinary offerings. Varun’s commitment to sustainability is evident in the resort’s daily supply of fresh seafood, sourced directly from local fishermen. This not only supports the local community but also allows him to offer guests a taste of the Maldives through responsibly sourced and expertly prepared seafood.

OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, renowned for its exclusive INDULGENCE Plan, promises guests a hassle-free escape, and Varun ensures that the resort’s eight food and beverage outlets, including the iconic underwater restaurant, deliver a world-class dining experience. From decadent Champagne Breakfasts to Authentic Chinese, Heritage Indian, and Sri Lankan cuisine, Varun’s team crafts gastronomic delights that embody refinement, quality ingredients, and a perfect blend of traditional and modern cooking techniques.

Varun Parashar’s culinary journey, from the warmth of family kitchens to the culinary haven of the Maldives’ premier resort, is a testament to his unwavering dedication, boundless passion, and artistic flair. As the Executive Chef at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, Varun continues to redefine luxury dining, inviting guests to embark on a gastronomic odyssey where each exquisite bite is a celebration of island living. His story is not just one of culinary mastery but a testament to the power of pursuing one’s passion, wherever it may lead. Varun Parashar, with his culinary magic, has woven an unforgettable tapestry of flavours that elevates the dining experience at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO to unparalleled heights.

Ibrahim Mahudhee
Ibrahim Mahudhee is the Managing Editor of Hotelier Maldives. Mahudhee can be contacted on: