Ravi Wazir is Founder & CEO Phoenix Consulting, a business consulting firm offering start-up, developmental & turnaround assistance to entrepreneurs in the hospitality and food retail industry.
He has been driving transformative change, operational excellence & business growth in the sector since he graduated from the Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai in 1988 and later attended the SMEP at IIM, Ahmedabad. As an entrepreneur, Ravi founded Sun Catering for packed executive meals which enjoyed the patronage of firms including Jet Airways whose flight engineers servicing aircraft at a Mumbai airport required meals on the job.
Inspired by watching his grandfather cheerfully trying to delight guests at their family hotel, he found his calling quite early in life.
Ravi has worked with a diverse range of businesses from Restaurants to FMCGs, and from Catering services to QSRs, at various points in their life-cycle including: Izumi (Anil & Nooresha Kably, Neale Murray, Owen Roncon), The Olive Bar & Kitchen (A.D.Singh), Swati Snacks (The Zaveris), Sarda Farms (Shrirang Sarda), Bliquid (Vir Kotak), Cafe Ritazza (The Compass Group, UK), Desi Deli (Radhakrishna Hospitality Services), The Tasty Tangles (Jumeirah Group, Dubai), The Sports Bar (Galaxy Entertainment) & the erstwhile Taj Birdys (Sanjay Narang).
He currently consults with Food & Beverage companies helping them in the planning & execution of their start-up and growth strategies via full-time business-head roles, mid-term consulting over a few weeks/months, and also single-day advisory & mentoring sessions.
Ravi is the Author of “Restaurant Startup: A Practical Guide” now in its 3rd edition on amazon.com. His articles have been published in Forbes India, DNA Money, Hindustan Times, Express Hospitality, Hospitality Biz etc.
He has spoken at IIM, Ahmedabad, the India Food Forum, Food Summit, Restaurant & Catering Knowledge Seminar, Food 101 Workshop, Chef’s Conclave, Chef Talk, INS Hamla, Restaurateur Round Table, Hotel Purchase Conclave, etc.
Ravi was born and raised in Bandra, Mumbai where he presently lives with his wife and 2 kids.