Chef Asif


Owner & Executive Chef, 21 Spices by Chef Asif

Chef Asif R. Syed is an Indian American chef who has been awarded multiple times in the past for his extraordinary culinary talent. He has appeared on national television shows such as the fifth-season episode of “Guy’s Grocery Games” and was a part of Food Network's South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2017. This fall he will be returning as a featured chef to the New York City Wine & Food Festival representing modern Indian cuisine.

Asif is currently the owner, Executive Chef, and General Manager of 21 Spices by Chef Asif, a restaurant, bar and lounge in Naples, Florida serving contemporary Indian cuisine. Chef Asif is considered as one of the top Indian chefs in the US due to his knowledge and skills in advanced Indian cuisine.

Chef Asif R. Syed was born and raised near Hyderabad, India, known as the ancient City of Kings and Pearls and famous for its Muglai cuisine. Originally drawn to art and painting, Chef Asif trained and worked as a chef in India after completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management and Catering Technology in 1996. He studied Advanced Culinary Arts at the Intercollege in Cyprus while working in local hotels where he was in contact with a variety of different cuisines. For the next 3 years chef Asif worked side-by-side with some of the best chefs in high-end hotels such as the Sheraton, Marriott and Hilton in more than three continents. His journey let him to the position of the Executive Chef at the Hilton Marco Island Resort in 2001. 

In his time as Executive Chef at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort Hotel and Spa on Marco Island, Florida. Mr. Syed has been named the “Curry King” twice after being named the winner of the Tampa Bay International Curry Festival in 2013 and 2015.

Chef Asif has been serving as corporate chef for the Seminole Tribe of Florida for the past 4 years, where he has developed and managed many healthy eating and culinary initiatives in collaboration with the health department. 

Syed is also Deputy Manager of Restaurant Consulting, LLC, a company focused on providing specialty catering, culinary consulting, and marketing services related to food and hospitality products and services. Through this capacity, Syed has appeared as a guest celebrity chef at the Taste of Dallas (2016) and successfully led a catering assignment serving 45,000 meals in 3 days in Chicago, IL at the Rosemont Convention Center (2016).

On December 21, 2015, Chef Asif R. Syed started 21 Spices by Chef Asif. Located in Naples, FL this restaurant offers its patrons modern Indian cuisine in addition to the latest creations by Chef Asif. The menu includes a wide selection of outstanding biryanis, curries, vegetarian delights, refreshing salads delivered in artistic fashion, mouthwatering Tandoor-roasted lamb, prawns, fresh fish, chicken, and kabobs flamed in an open-style kitchen. Chef Asif’s delicious homemade chutneys accompany many of its courses. 21 Spices' culinary concept is going to be expanded in the near future with new locations across Florida. For more information about the restaurant and its philosophy visit