The legacy of
Chef Sanjeev Sethi
Our menu is a reflection of Chef Sanjeev Sethi's legacy. From his knowledge and techniques to his appreciation for flavour palettes, our food reflects his 30+ years in the industry. Our goal is to create an unparalleled culinary experience that will take the art of Indian cuisine to a new level. Indian food has a rich, complicated history but the secret excellence is keeping things simple. This is a lesson he learned from one of the greatest chefs he knew - his mother. She was his inspiration in everything he created. It was in her kitchen that he learned that each dish needs to be made with love, with no compromises or shortcuts. A rule we continue to follow today.
Our menu is a rich culmination of traditional recipes prepared with new techniques and given an innovative presentation. We offer you the purest experience of a rich culinary culture. Our food is made with the highest quality ingredients, and we take the utmost care in preparation. We trust that you will find the flavours sublime, the presentation gorgeous and the ambience striking. Always paying tribute to the legacy of Chef Sanjeev Sehti.
Chef Sanjeev Sethi was the Co-Founder and Executive Chef of The Host Fine Indian Cuisine in Toronto, Canada. He immigrated in 1989 where he started, like many entrepreneurs do, with a vision and no more than a little pocket change.
His humble career in food began as a server. It was there that he learned the skills of a professional kitchen and restauranteur. Combing them with the lessons from his mother, he set out on an adventure of a lifetime with his brother, Jay Sethi.
In 1995, the brothers opened their first location in Yorkville (Toronto). Soon after the second location in Richmond Hill opened, followed by an array of Host restaurants including, Mantra, Bhai, Firangi and more.
Today they are 5 locations strong and lead the industry in Indian Cuisine when it comes to quality and consistency. As the next generation enters the reigns with Chef Ashish Sethi we know this is only the beginning for The Host.
Meet the Team
Co-Founder & Co-Visionary
The co-founder and co-visionary of The Host Hospitality Group. From graduating with a Physics honour to getting a degree in PR and Advertising - Jay brings a unique outlook to The Host team. He worked for a variety of newspapers writing stories and copy.
Then in 1996, set out on the adventure of a lifetime with his brother Sanjeev. The two of them became the dream team building The Host into one of the best Indian restaurants in Toronto.
Today Jay oversees all The Host restaurants along with the catering operations, ensuring every client - is a happy one!
The newest addition to the family business is Chef Sanjeev’s son, Ashish Sethi. With a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, Ashish is a breath of fresh air that brings with him the French discipline he learned while working with Chef Daniel Boulud in New York City.
Raised in Toronto Ashish, encompasses his roots with flavours from his heritage. He uses the same authentic technique of his father is famous for and brings them under a new spotlight in the Toronto food scene with restaurants like Mantra and Firangi. Ashish has also aided in the development of 259 Host.
Director, Catering and Restaurants
The face of The Host Catering. With over 23 years of experience, Archana is a leader in the restaurant and catering industry. She is the magician behind all the details that ensure each client’s vision is met, from the minute they walk in until their big event. Archana enjoys meeting people - getting to know their stories and putting together a menu that will help amplify their event. As a strong team leader, she is hands-on till the end.
She is also the key contributor to creating The Host's reputation while partnering with major GTA venues like The Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Club Link, The Globe and Mail and many more. When she’s not working Archana loves spending time with her family, and is a strong advocate for health and wellness in a balanced lifestyle. You’ll never catch her without her signature smile!