A veteran of The Setai, in 2008 Veena joined the hotel’s team and quickly moved up the kitchen hierarchy. Originally from Hyderabad, India, Veena started his career at JW Marriott in Mumbai. He moved on to The Lausanne Palace and Spa in Switzerland before relocating to Miami to join The Setai family. Veena holds a Bachelor of Culinary Arts from Osmania University in India and an advanced studies degree from the Institute Hotelier Cesar Ritz in Switzerland.
As executive chef, Veena will oversee all of the hotel’s culinary operations including its signature restaurant Jaya as well as The Ocean Grill, The Lobby Bar and The Courtyard. Veena will also oversee the hotel’s in-room dining program, banquets and catering events. He pays homage to his spicy and flavorful background by creating dishes inspired from his childhood and using his classically trained techniques to develop new flavors while maintaining culinary harmony. His combination of classic, rich Indian flavors along with ingredients from other regions of Asia including China, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia create a well-rounded dining program.