A native of Bombay, India, Vikram Sunderam began his career in 1985 when he joined the Taj Mahal Hotel group. During his training with the company, he worked at several of their properties, including Riverview Lodge where he was promoted to Head Chef. Before making the leap to Washington, Sunderam was at the award-winning Bombay Brasserie in London for 14 years, eight of which he served as the executive chef. Sunderam joined Washington restaurateur Ashok Bajaj in December 2005 to open the 140-seat Indian hot spot Rasika serving authentic Indian fare with modern flair. His culinary artistry garnered him a nomination for “Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” by James Beard Foundation in 2009, 2010, 2012, and most recently 2018 and a “Chef of the Year” nomination by Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington in 2009 and 2010. In 2007, Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post awarded Rasika with three and a half stars, calling Rasika “one of the most exciting Indian restaurants on the East Coast.” Among its many accolades, Rasika has gone on to receive “Four Stars” from The Washington Post in the 2009 and 2010 Dining Guide. The restaurant was awarded the number eight spot of the 100 Best Restaurants in Washingtonian magazine in 2010.