Born and raised in Dehradun, India, some of Manish Tyagi’s fondest childhood memories are of the aroma of spices in his mother’s kitchen and spending time by her side preparing special festival dishes.
At August (1) Five, Manish shares his childhood memories of home cooked meals and festival fare with a fresh audience. Drawing on his upbringing and travels throughout the country, the chef deftly combines the wealth of culinary traditions from India’s 29 states with Northern California’s bounty of produce to create nuanced dishes that emphasize traditional flavors and seasonal ingredients.
Prior to August (1) Five, Manish served as the executive chef at Amber India and the opening chef at Washington D.C.’s lauded Rasika West End. His culinary history traces back to his native India, where he applied his background in hospitality management to positions at The Trident Hotel, The Oberoi Hotel, the Taj Rambagh Palace, Ramada Hotel Khajuraho, and the Taj Gateway Hotel, all the while developing a thorough understanding of regional cuisine that he brings to the restaurant today.