July, 2019: Vikas Vibhuti has been appointed as the Cluster Executive Pastry Chef at JW Marriott Pune – the best luxury hotel in Pune. He brings with him over a decade of culinary experience, passion, and expertise.
In his new role, he will not only elevate the hotel’s confectionery offerings but also introduce innovative culinary trends. He will ensure the overall concepts of confectionery, viennoiserie, boulangerie, wedding cakes and artisanal praline gets a new benchmark. His repertoire will also highlight desserts, pastries and breads for the segment that has special dietary requirements or restrictions. Vikas will be responsible for overlooking the bakery and confectionery at JW Marriott, Marriott suites and Courtyard by Marriott, apart from his involvement in food consistency and quality in the dining outlets; he will oversee the promotions and budgets of the patisseries.
Prior to his current role, Vikas had a prolific stint with the Oberoi Group since 2005. He is an Alumni of the Oberoi centre of learning and development and has been trained at L’Ecole Lenôtre, Paris – the mecca of pastry innovation. He started his career as the Kitchen assistant at The Oberoi Bangalore and worked his way up as the Pastry Chef at The Oberoi New Delhi, he has also worked at The Oberoi Gurgaon, Trident Bandra Kurla, Mumbai. His most recent key assignment was the successful re-opening of The Oberoi, New Delhi in 2018; where he has re-established the flagship patisserie The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen to a newer benchmark adding another feather on his hat.
Vikas has learned & worked closely with several industry experts including renowned M.O.F and Michelin star Chefs and honed his skills in the art over the years. An expert pâtissier, he has received multiple awards some of them include; Pastry Chef of the year by Delhi Gourmet Club, winner at Uppercrust Food & Wine show for best dessert amongst the Pastry Chefs in Mumbai. He was 1st runners up at the Callebaut Patissier of the year 2017 and was also adjudged Winner of the ‘Best cake’. Under his leadership the Oberoi patisserie and delicatessen has won several prestigious awards from Times Food Guide & Nightlife Awards, Vir Sanghvi Crystal awards by HT city, and NDTV.
In his leisure time, Vikas avidly reads management books, enjoys photography and the thrill of cycling.