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Diya Miami

Diya, also means a glowing lamp in Hindi. These glowing lamps are typically lit for special occasions, such as Deepavali (Divali) and represent remover of obstacles, enlightenment and wisdom. This inspired a mantra among the Diya team –
“A Diya of Hope.”
Chef Vidya Maharaj

At the helm of the kitchen

Chef Vidya Maharaj masterfully blends family recipes with healing ingredients. Her passion for cooking developed at a young age as she watched her mom, lovingly cook for her family, friends and neighbors. The family home was a neighborhood sanctuary for the community, where Vidya learned to always have a fresh meal ready.

In her first official role as Executive Chef, a position she says is her “true calling,” Vidya incorporates her background as a scientist into menu development; methodically and relentlessly testing and retesting recipes until perfection is achieved. Vidya is also instrumental in the restaurant’s operations, where she manages rigorous sanitation procedures. Raised as a vegetarian, she created a menu that boasts a colorful array of flavorful vegetarian Indian dishes that can be embraced by all palates.

Growing up in Miami, Vidya infuses influences of the Latin culture from the city into the recipes that have been passed down by her mother creating a truly unique approach to Indian cuisine. Her dishes provide guests with a new, palate-awakening experience.

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