Gauri Devidayal – Cloud Kitchen Convention
Gauri Devidayal

Gauri Devidayal

Director, Food Matters India Pvt Ltd

Gauri Devidayal is a law graduate from University College London and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales. She pursued her career as a tax consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and Mumbai for 8 years. After 8 years in London, Gauri returned to Mumbai where she was born and brought up. In early 2008, she met her husband, Jay Yousuf and was persuaded to leave the tax profession and to join him on his restaurant adventure. With no previous experience of the hospitality industry and having never dreamt of doing anything entrepreneurial, Gauri nevertheless supported Jay in creating The Table, a restaurant in South Mumbai, which has gone on to win many accolades and much recognition in the city as well as internationally, including being rated the #4 restaurant in the country by a leading travel publication. While planning the restaurant’s popular wine list, Gauri was encouraged to take on the Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s Level III exam which she completed with a flying distinction. She was also on the jury panel of the India Wine Awards for the last two years and has been at the forefront of the farm to table initiative for the restaurant by setting up The Table Farm in Alibag, from where the restaurant gets much of its fresh produce. In 2016, Gauri co-founded Magazine St. Kitchen, a culinary playground for intimate dinners, cooking workshops and more, housed in a restored heritage structure, in Byculla - a space that has already created an unparalleled buzz within the food community. The Kitchen is also the base for the wholesale and the retail bakery – Mag St. Bread Co and the group’s cloud kitchen. In 2018, Gauri partnered with the team from Neighborhood Hospitality (Woodside Inn, The Pantry & Bombay Vintage) to open Miss T, a South East Asian fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge in Colaba, which has now transformed into a delivery kitchen. Gauri currently hosts her own podcast, ‘This Round Is on Me,’ wherein she has hosted prolific speakers such as Barkha Dutt, Divia Thani, Harsh Mariwala and more. She previously co-hosted a podcast called The Colaba Cartel, a show on what goes into the making of a restaurant in Mumbai. And is set to host another podcast highlighting women who have amassed huge success in their respective fields. Gauri and Jay launched a delivery kitchen in Byculla, called Iktara. Delivering comfort Indian food all throughout Mumbai. During the pandemic, Gauri and Jay launched Mag St Toppings. Serving up the ultimate comfort food- pizza! While offering a Chef’s selection and over 35+ toppings for the residents of Mumbai and Alibag to choose from. Most recently the two revamped their second brick and mortar space which was formerly Miss T, to transform it into an all day dining experience cafe that focuses on comfort, conscious practices and the community; also known as Mag St Cafe. Gauri, now 41, lives with her husband, Jay and 9 year old daughter, Dia. As one of the very few women restaurateurs in India, she is a full time hands-on businesswoman and mother and handles both roles with equal enthusiasm. She was listed in Forbes India’s 120 Leaders of Change, GQ’s list of the 50 Most Influential Young Indians, BlackBook’s Top 50 Women in Indian Luxury, and is on the Managing Committee of the National Restaurant Association of India. Gauri recently started writing a recurring column for the national newspaper, whilst also writing for other print and online publications on her favourite subject - food and travel.