Born and raised in Delhi, Following his graduation, Ani was headhunted by Oberoi Hotels, going on to work with them for five years, the youngest Indian chef in that huge empire. During this time he opened a number of restaurants for the company, among them the Oberoi Grand Calcutta, Trident Chennai and in 2002, the brand new Udaivilas Udaipur. and many others for the hotel empire, before being appointed as the personal chef of Indian Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpai.
Looking for new challenges, Ani travelled to London in 2003 where he worked in a Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant and then opened the critically acclaimed restaurant Moti Mahal.
Honing his skills in some of the best restaurants in India and London, Ani has since successfully gone on to launch the Hankies brand in 2017 with Hankies Café in Shaftesbury Avenue, followed by Hankies Marble Arch a year on with a personal mission in mind: making authentic and delicious Delhi street food accessible and enjoyable in a beautiful and curated London setting.
Ani is a fond researcher of Indian’s ancient culinary tradition and has devoted his career to gathering the long-forgotten recipes of rural India into his book, Food of the Grand Trunk Road, written with Hardeep Singh Kohli.