Kumar Mahadevan

Executive Chef at Aki's
Participating in their 8th CEO CookOff


I'm helping OzHarvest raise $3,000,000 to feed those in need in the OzHarvest CEO CookOff

I'm participating in OzHarvest's 2019 CEO CookOff, where top CEOs, chefs and companies work together to make a difference to Australia’s most vulnerable and reduce food waste.

We'd love your support in helping our organisation reach our fundraising goal! Every $1 donated to OzHarvest means they can deliver 2 meals to those in need.

Watch the video to see what this means to the people OzHarvest helps.

Stay tuned for the journey!

My Bio

Kumar came to Australia in 1985 to work. He opened his first restaurant, Abhi's, named after his first son, in 1990. Abhi's has since evolved into a near-legendary neighbourhood eatery, with a loyal local following.

The more ambitious operation, Aki's at the Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo, followed in 2003.

He delights in creating dishes that combine the best of local seafood and other produce with the flavours of his native southern India - an approach that has already won him a dedicated following at his new location.

Cooking Indian food is a challenge. Achieving the correct mix of herbs and spices is akin to mastering a magic potion and overdoing just one ingredient is liable to produce disastrous results. The likes of Kumar Mahadevan delight us with his delicious Indian cuisine in two fabulous locations: Abhi’s in North Strathfield and the more recent Aki’s in Woolloomooloo.

Both restaurants are named after his sons, continuing a family connection that began many years ago when his taste for cooking first transpired in his mother’s kitchen in Madras as she taught him the family recipes.

Beginning his training at age 17 at India’s Institute of Hotel Management, Mahadevan went on to complete his apprenticeship the Taj Intercontinental Hotel in Bombay. He soon found himself in Australia heading up the kitchen at Mayur restaurant where he cooked for the likes of Prince Phillip and Mick Jagger.

Abhi’s opened in 1990 with Aki’s following in late 2003. Both restaurants showcase Kumar’s light, delicate flavours and fresh, aromatic spices.

My Achievements

$5,000 raised – Halfway there!

$10,000 raised – Target reached!

Target Increased

$50,000 raised!!!