Deepak was raised on traditional Indian food by his mother and father and found his own love for cooking in his early 20’s. In 2015, after 20 years as a software developer he decided to follow his 10 year dream of turning his love for food into his livelihood and opened DesiPDX in 2015. His prior career provided him many opportunities to travel the world and experience a variety of cooking styles and flavors.
Eric Schlosser’s seminal work, Fast Food Nation, set him on a course of changing his eating habits and also cooking more sustainably. This path also inspired him to be an advocate for healthy living and eating, and become involved in food policy and food politics. At DesiPDX you will find these healthy and sustainable ideals literally cooked into the delicious fare.
DesiPDX is in ever evolving exploration in Indian Fusion fare incorporating traditional roots, many international influences, and Deepak’s own culinary whims. You will always discover new experiments on the menu whether it’s the weekly dhal, a seasonal garnish, or unique ingredients, spices, or flavor combinations. Deepak is committed to making sure everyone can indulge at DesiPDX with a Gluten-Free and Paleo/Vegan-Friendly menu and an intention to source locally and organically as much as possible.
His ingredient selections for organic and local are based on research on health, sustainability, and risk as well as cost.