Mr Shailendra Jayaraj alias Shailu, by education qualification is an Engineer in computer
science and was an IT project manager by profession with more than 25 years of IT
experience. From the very young age, he was always passionate about food and restaurant
industry. Cooking which was a hobby from childhood became a reality when his father tasked
him with setting up a restaurant in his home town of Mysore for Shailu’s younger brother.
Though Shailu’s family followed a vegetarian diet, a small non Vegetarian restaurant was
started in one of the alleys of downtown Mysore. In a span of 6 months the restaurant had
not only become known in Mysore but also in surrounding towns and cities of Mysore, for its
authenticity, freshness and soul food.
The successful venture gave confidence to his father and another restaurant with 8 times the
seating capacity was opened in an opulent area of Mysore which also was a major success,
after handing over the restaurants to his brother, Shailu went in pursuit of an IT career to
different countries in the world. While travelling in different part of the world, one thing
he observed in common was the lack of Authentic Indian food, it was such a rarity that he
started cooking not only for himself but for his colleagues and friends. The practice of
cooking for large numbers has never left him and the volume of people visiting his home has
been ever increasing. He not only enjoys cooking but feels immensely happy to serve his
friends with a smile.
25 years after opening his first restaurant, the passion, nostalgia and the quest for
authentic food has come back to haunt Shailu and he was eagerly looking forward to open a
restaurant in the Brampton and Mississauga area of Canada.
A fight for survival and facing challenges head on is not new to Shailu, not many know that
he was born with very weak legs and was not able to stand on his own legs until the age of
6. After all the doctors of that era gave up hope, his Grandma Mrs Renuka Devi nurtured the
young Shailu by giving her home based treatment for years and made sure the young Shailu
not only stood but walk and later on travel to multiple countries. During this time of
nurturing, as Shailu was unable to walk, he spent a lot of time in the kitchen when his
grandma was busy cooking for a huge joint family. During those times in the kitchen his
favorite toys was a small knife, a cutting board, a mortar and pestle not just for playing
but to help his grandma by chopping onions, garlic, vegetables, greens, crush hard spices
and even grind the masala for the curries using the stone hand grinder. The taste and aromas
of his Grandma’s cooking registered a permanent memory in him and he was also able to keenly
observe the process of meticulous cooking his grandma followed.
His quest for authentic food and most importantly the right ingredients for any particular
dish was instrumental in creating a network of friends and relatives who not only have the
right knowledge but can also supply him with those ingredients on a continuous basis.
End of 2018, Shailu left his high paying comfortable IT job and wore the chef apron and
started a new restaurant which will pride itself in serving the best home style cooking and classic
south Indian food.