NCK: Chef Navi’s Story

Hello everyone, this is Chef Navi, and I would like to share my journey with you all. 

I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Fiji. Growing up I had a passion for cooking, and I followed the lead of my uncle who was a great cook for wedding, big gathering and galas. I would occasionally help with events. My passion for food grew more and which led me to taking culinary art degree. Upon graduating college I met my wife and life partner Kaajal and moved to Denver, Colorado where I had the opportunity to work as a line cook at the Brown Place, a presidential suite hotel. From being a line cook I was promoted to a lead line cook with in a year and moved up to the fine dining restaurant, and also became a father.

I moved to friendly PNW after spending 3 years in Denver, mostly working for Hilton family hotels after a bit of time at some of the Restaurant Unlimited flagship restaurants, including Beecher’s Cheese and Pasta & Co. I opened my first hotel in Downtown Seattle as the Executive Chef & Food and Beverage Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn on Boren and Stewart. In 2009 my parents joined me here in Seattle. Like every other successful chef, I was driven by my passion for food and reaching my goal to be on the top. In 2016 I was hired by Hilton Seattle as an Executive Chef, Food and Beverage manager, the same year that child number two came along.

While working at the Hilton, full time I also started to work as a Personal Chef, which lead me to testing the waters of becoming an Entrepreneur. I decided to venture out and open my own catering company after child number three came along. With the help of all my industry folks and my supportive family, who is always behind me with all my goals, I decided to open Navi’s Catering Kitchen in Lynnwood January 2018. 

My goal is to offer great catering, in-Home dining and cooking classes for the local community, and also a unique event space to host events. Through education, teamwork and continuous improvement, I am excited to continue my journey and hope you will stay tuned for more, as my Commercial Kitchen and the event space is under construction. 

I want to thank my parents, wife, and kids who are the biggest cheer leaders through my journey and also would like to thank each individual who had given me courage, believed in me, stood beside me through this success journey. I really appreciate you all.