Management & Leadership
Work-Life Balancing Act
Work Life Balance
Gauri Devidayal started her career as a tax consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked for 8 years across London and Mumbai. On her return to Mumbai in 2008, she met her husband, Jay Yousuf and together they started 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 #4 restaurant in the country by a leading travel publication.
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. Embracing the challenges posed by the current pandemic, Gauri has remodelled Magazine St Kitchen to morph into a digital series called Magazine St Kitchen Plugged wherein guests can gain access to and learn from chefs and F&B enthusiasts from all over the world. The Kitchen is also the base for the wholesale and retail bakery – Mag St. Bread Co and the group’s catering arm, Dining Table.
Gauri also has the distinction of passing the Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s Level III exam and has been on the jury of the India Wine Awards for the last two years. She has also been at the forefront of the farm to table initiative for the restaurant, setting up The Table Farm in Alibag, from where the restaurant gets much of its fresh produce.
In 2018, Gauri partnered with the team from Neighbourhood 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 and Jay partnered with celebrity chef Amninder Sandhu to launch a delivery kitchen in Byculla, called Iktara which delivers comfort Indian food all throughout Mumbai. And they also went on to launch Mei 13, which serves authentic Cantonese experience to the patrons of Mumbai.
Gauri has co-hosted the podcast The Colaba Cartel, a show on what goes into the making of a restaurant in Mumbai. She has now announced the launch of her second podcast, ‘This Round Is On Me’, which features thought leaders and visionaries in different industries in an effort to learn from their past experiences and share their thoughts on future trends.
Gauri, now 39, lives with her husband, Jay and 7 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. Occasionally Gauri also writes for print and online publications on her favourite subjects – food and travel.
Gauri is a law graduate from University College London and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales.