The prestigious National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), the voice of Indian restaurant industry, appointed Hyderabad based prominent restaurateur, Shaaz Mehmood, Partner, Olive Bar & Kitchen Pvt. Ltd.; Hyderabad; as the Managing Committee Member; at the recently held 39th Annual General Meeting at New Delhi; for the period 2021-23. Shaaz has the distinction of being the only member from Hyderabad to be on the committee that aspires to promote and strengthen the Indian food service sector. It represents the interests of members through advocacy, training, research and industry events.

Shaaz is a dynamic and performance-oriented Indian entrepreneur and humanitarian with a proven ability to conceptualize, build and lead top flight teams aligned to achieving overall business objectives across diverse industries. NRAI is the voice of the Indian restaurant industry founded in 1982. The committee consists of over 30 restaurant CEOs & owners representing various national and international brands from the F&B sector.

An elated Shaaz Mehmood, said, “It’s a prestigious honour to be part of the Managing Committee of National Restaurant Association of India, especially now more than ever when the industry is reeling under severe stress. Will join forces to empower the Restaurant Industry, combat the challenges and come out with flying colours. It’s an opportunity to enhance Hyderabad’s representation in the Association and facilitate greater traction for the World famous Hyderabad cuisines.”

About Shaaz Mehmood

Shaaz’s passion for food developed at a young age when he wielded the ladle at the age of 12. He partnered with the Olive Bar & Kitchen Pvt. Ltd, in 2013 to extend their brands in the city under the mentorship of AD Singh. Shaaz set up the Olive Bistro & Bar at the stunning lakeside property in 2013 at a time when Hyderabad was still comforting itself to the idea of specialty restaurants. In 2015 he went on to partner and open SodaBottleOpenerWala followed by the Olive group’s first Microbrewery The Hoppery in Hyderabad. In 2018, he partnered with the Olive group and reopened Ek Bar in Delhi in a bold avatar. He also has the distinction of opening Giggle Water, Hyderabad’s first speakeasy in 2018. In addition to these restaurants Shaaz has been the go-to project lead for the company owing to his expertise in running tight schedules & costs to set up new restaurants. He has supported & led projects like the Olive Bistro & Bar in Mumbai & Gurugram; Olive Bar & Kitchen, Goa; SodaBottleOpenerWala & Lady Baga, Bengaluru and Hello Guppy, Mumbai. He is an authority on Hyderabadi cuisine and is well known for the lavish feasts hosted at his residence.

Shaaz, a serial entrepreneur, has diverse interests from Healthcare, Hospitality, Food Processing & Manufacturing, he is the Promoter & Director of Medijourn Solutions Private Limited & Wadi Surgicals Private Limited.

Driving humanitarian initiatives, Shaaz Mehmood is the Founder & President of Youth Feed India. It ran one of the largest and most wide scale food relief operations for the daily wage workers & marginalized communities across the country during the lockdowns of 2020 & 2021 and the October floods in Hyderabad. He is also passionately involved as the Treasurer of the Kitchens Against Hunger, an Olive Group CSR initiative.