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Despite being the first of two Indian chefs to gain a Michelin star, it could have been so different for Vineet Bhatia. Born in Bombay to middle class parents, he almost opted for a career as a pilot, but turned his attention to food instead. After joining the Oberoi Hotel group in 1988, he then moved to London in 1993, working at the Star of India in South Kensington, before helping Claudio Pulze to launch Zaika. A Michelin star followed in 2001 but in 2004 he left to set up his own restaurant Rasoi Vineet Bhatia, which gained its own star two years later, underlining his masterly and sophisticated take on contemporary Indian dining. His new casual dining restaurant, Urban Turban, in Westbourne Grove, launched at the end of 2007.