Thali restaurant's Executive Chef & Owner
Prasad Chirnomula walked a path his family never
envisioned in his search for fame and fortune.
Ignoring his physician father's advice to become
a doctor, young Prasad went to the Food Craft
Institute of Poona (India) to hone his culinary
"When my dad was looking
for a medical college, I was looking for a catering
school. He wanted a family of doctors and I
wanted to be in the food business. I always
had a passion for food."
Before coming to the United States in 1985,
he had become director of Food & Beverage
at the Ritz Hotel in Hyderabad, where he managed
a work force of 250 employees at the tender
age of 22.
Prior to opening the first Thali® in New
Canaan, CT, Chirnomula owned and operated six
restaurants (with partners) in Darien, Litchfield,
Stamford, Port Chester, New Rochelle and Massachusetts.
Now a 20-year Fairfield and New Haven County
resident, Chef has a commitment to the creation
of imaginative dishes based on traditonal Indian
standards. His vision and energy and his committment
to charitable institutions like the Liver Institute
have made him a star in the Connecticut restaurant
Chirnomula's innovative and imaginative food
has become the toast of normally restrained
suburban audiences and has earned him ecstatic
reviews in dozens of newspapers and magazines.
After successfully opening his third Thali®
restaurant in New Haven in June of 2006, he
was dubbed, "...the most exciting Indian
chef in the United States," by David
Rosengarten in the prestigious Rosengarten Report.
Thali Too is chef's next step on the journey
and is part of a new path he's chosen, to singlehandedly
change how America thinks of Indian food. Please
visit us to taste the spectacular results of
his vision. Prasad invites you to enjoy their culinary creations
and their renowned hospitality at each of the
joys of my life are our children and our cooking!
Please come and share our vision of the infinite
varieties of the regional cuisines of India
and their spectacular heritage!"