International Celebrity Chef, India
"I first met Chef Manjunath Mural when he was a young trainee chef in India, and he stood out with his passion and curiosity to learn. I have worked with him many years later, when I was an invited guest chef at Song Of India, where he was the Executive Chef. He has come a long way, both in his career and personal style of cuisine. While respecting Indian traditional cuisine, he has constantly pushed boundaries by incorporating the South East Asian inspirations he had experienced. It is unique, and he is a representative of the modern generation of Indian chefs, whom I believe will carry on the flag of Indian cuisine with their own distinctive styles.
Even though he helms one of the best fine dining Indian restaurants in Singapore, what I am happy to see is that Manju is still Manju - passionate, curious, professional and also a kind mentor to his team."
Executive Director, Savour
“Chef Manju is everything a top chef should be: a chef with a wonderful personality whose creativity, work ethic and eye for detail instantly sets him apart. Most importantly, he retains an amazing desire to continue to learn and push the boundaries of both his cuisine and capability. Always classy and understated, he works with an unwavering confidence of a truly great chef."
CEO Lebua Hotels and Resort Bangkok Thailand
Chef Manjunath is a great chef and it is a proud moment for Asia to have a great chef like him being recognized and that too by Michelin. When it is about Indian food my top three favourite is Gymkhana (London) Song of India (Singapore) and Campton Place (San Francisco). Incidentally all thread happens to be recognized by Michelin.
Culinary Director DSI foods London and Mahec Restaurant – Dubai, former Director Food Production TAJ Group of Hotels & Flight catering
A film is successful because of many factors but basically it is main stars who steal the show. Same way a Chef is main architect of a successful restaurant who invents new recipes keeping larger number of guests in mind. Songs of India existed in Singapore since many years. But it is after Chef Manjunath took over it has achieved this great honour of getting a Michelin Star. Through your column I want to congratulate Chef Manjunath Mural and bless him for his Sincere award winning preformed to get 1 Michelin Star for Songs of India (first Asian Restaurant) to get this honour. God bless him.
K B Kachru
Chairman Emeritus and Principal Advisor, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, South Asia
It’s wonderful to hear that Chef Manjunath has been awarded 1 Michelin Star. Great achievement! This is not only a very encouraging news for Manjunath but also for the entire chef community in this region. I was recently in Singapore and my hosts had asked “Song of India” to cater. The quality of food was outstanding and it’s not a surprise that the man behind is a Michelin Star. My best wishes to him and hope he continues to achieve greater heights.
Chef Inder Dev
Brand Master Chef, ITC Fortune Select Excalibur
I congratulate Chef Manjunath for his success. He made Indian chefs fraternity proud on International soil. I know him for over two decades when started his career in my team. I recall his strengths and hard work. The best part in him was that he used to be a ‘hands on chef’ with juniors, colleagues and senior chefs. In result his learning never stopped. Once again, hats off to him and wish him more success in coming time.
Harpal Singh Sokhi
Celebrity Chef, entrepreneur and author
Receiving Michelin Star is really a start of all the good things to come in your life. You have brought laurels to Indian cuisine and were too good for this triumph. Hard work always pays and I know you’ll be awesome after this achievement and it would be only a stepping stone to a successful career. May Good Lord bless and keep you.
A V Sriram
Executive Chef, The Quilon, Buckingham London
Congratulations to Manjunath and the entire team at songs of India for their first Michelin star. It gives me great pride and pleasure to see real Indian cuisine being practiced and showcased around the world and getting the well deserved recognition for the cuisine and the chef. Manjunath is a talented chef and has been recognised for his talent. Achievement like these puts India in the right direction to use Cuisine as its soft power. Best wishes once again to Song of India.
COO, Le Meridien Hotel New Delhi
It is a proud moment as an Indian and kudos to the Chef Manjunath for this achievement. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon. I am delighted to hear his achievement. May he continue to achieve even bigger success in future.