The Chef

Thomas Vellaringattu - Chef

Thomas (Tom) Vellaringattu

Tom Vellaringattu started his career in Food Technology in 1974 in Chennai (previously Madras) in India. He studied Trade Cookery at the Institute of Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition in Chennai. Since then he worked three years at Hotel Sudarshan International (now Pallava Intenational). Since 1977 to 1980 he worked in catering field in Saudi Arabia.

After moving to USA in 1987 he studied computer programming. However his passion for food and cooking was very much alive. In 1997 he designed 10 different Indian curry mixes under 'India's Spice N Flavor' brand, with the help of chefs (teachers) from Mumbai Catering College. Tom wrote over 60 recipes to be included in his spice blend packets.

For Home Deliveries of family sized portions visit Taro App 

Spice N Flavor spices got the best packaging award from the Indian Institute of packaging.



The American Tasting Institute, a Division of Quality International is pleased to announce 'SPICE N FLAVOR' as a 2002 Certificate of Distinction recipient in the Masala Mix category for their following products:


Spice N Flavor Masala Mix products met our stringent standards of distinction and shares this 2002 Certificate of Distinction with a select few products.

The judging was conducted in San Francisco by a panel of independent professional chefs for the American Tasting Institute. The products were evaluated on a broad range of criteria including appearance, flavor, taste and texture. The judging was performed double blind, without brand distinction and conducted in the most efficient and accurate environment.

The American Tasting Institute and the American Culinary Institute are divisions of the Quality Institute International, a private organization committed to honoring the Best of the Best â"¢ Food, Beverage and Equipment Products. Founded in 1985, the company has grown into a national organization comprised of 37,000 professional chefs and major food buyers from across North America. Through this network, they have established a National Board of Chefs who supports their mission of honoring the best products in the market place. Their Gold Medal Seal is seen on thousands of food and culinary products defining for consumers what are the best choices for them - Best of the Best

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General Information

  • Experience: 30 years
  • School: Catering College, Chennai (Madras), India
  • Speciality: Indian Trade Cookery
  • Favourite Cuisine: Kerala & Indian Cuisine
Directions to the Restaurant.  If you are taking the McKee Road exit from Hwy 680 do not turn left on Jackson Ave, but go straight on McKee Rd and after the Tapioca Express and before the Wendy's take a right to the parking lot and go all the way to the back. If you miss that take right on next street and the another right into Ludlow Way and right to the parking lot.  If you are coming from Hwy 101 take the McKee Exit and take a middle left to Ludlow Way and turn right into the parking lot. 301 N. Jackson Ave, Suite 6, San Jose, CA 95133