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A native of Mumbai, Chef Bhagat is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, with a degree in culinary arts. He began his culinary career a decade ago as a member of kitchen staff of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, FL. From there, he traveled to Portugal, Bahrain, Reynolds Plantation, GA, and Half Moon Bay, CA, all via The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, ascending to sous chef. At The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC, Chef Rupam was honored to cook for the 2010 Presidential Inauguration. A move to the Terranea Resort properties in Los Angeles allowed him to sharpen his skills as a chef de cuisine. Following a role as executive sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, AZ, Chef Rupam returned to the Bay Area in 2014 to start Dum, his wildly popular food truck offering interpretations of the beloved Indian food on which he was raised, and on which his 2016 brick-and-mortar venture, Dum Indian Soul Food, was based. Dum expanded its concept to become Ritu Indian Soul Food in June of 2018.