Bollywood celebs like Janhvi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor, Tiger Shroff-Disha Patani, Ananya Pandey, Arjun-Malaika, Shahid-Mira all have a favourite eatery. It's chef Kelvin Cheung's, Bastian, which is located at Bandra. The famed chef has parted ways with the restaurant. that is making headlines. Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra remain investors on this venture.
The Bastian restaurant helmed by Kelvin Cheung, specialised in seafood and OTT waffles at the brunch. But now the restaurant won’t see the affable and talented chef, Kelvin Cheung, as the F&B director. Reports suggest that he has been relieved from his position. chef Boo Kwang Kim has replaced Cheung as F&B Director.
According to a report in Mid-day, “The official statement cited Cheung's father's passing and the need to be with family in America, speculations about differences between Cheung and Shilpa Shetty-Kundra, actress and co-partner at Bastian Hospitality, have surfaced. In April 2019, the star partnered with entrepreneur Ranjeet Bindra to take the brands Bastian, One Street and Whole Some & Then Some across the country, and globally. The group had announced opening two more branches of Bastian across India this year.”
In an email interview, when Mid-day asked Bindra if they intend to keep the legacy going, he said, "The team is and has always been focused on the product, its quality and of course, all eyes are on the future. Chef Kelvin was known to be a great team player and leading one of the top culinary squads in the country. While he is sure to be missed, we have all ensured the quality of the product will continue to be nothing less than exemplary. The chef will continue to be a friend of the brand."
Not only this, Bindra also denied any difference of opinion. "There's no fallout between Chef and the company [Bastian Hospitality Pvt Ltd] or the owners." He further told the leading tabloid, "We are familiar with each other's style [of cooking, and working]. I wish him luck."
When Raj Kundra was asked whether a difference of opinion between his wife and the chef had led to his moving, he said, "No rumours. I love Chinese whispers and gossip. [But] Chef is a dear friend. After his father's demise, he needed to move back to handle family affairs and wanted a better life for his son," said Kundra, adding, "We have a second Bastian opening shortly in Andheri West."