Rahul Akerkar’s culinary practice is about mixing his passion for life, food and science, and he has succeeded in blending these key ingredients into a career as one of Mumbai’s leading restaurant moguls. Regarded as the pioneer of the independent chef-restaurateur-run eateries in Mumbai, he has shifted the focus on fine dining away from the five-star hotel domain. Akerkar co-founded deGustibus Hospitality with his wife, Malini, in 1996. They operate six restaurants in Mumbai, including the much-acclaimed Indigo, a bar, an event/banqueting space and a catering business. Akerkar’s newest restaurant, Qualia, opened in Mumbai in April 2019.