Chef Varnana "V" Beuria made her creative mark on South Philadelphia when she opened Chhaya Cafe in 2010. 

Her philosophy is simple: Provide delicious, uncomplicated food that comforts and delights

But her innovative and passionate approach to her food is far from simple; Chef V transforms popular fare into interesting, delicious, and flavorful dishes. Her menu draws its inspiration from local favorites and international classics. Her belief is that a meal should warm the heart and draw people together — and that her creations are as much about connecting and community as they are about ingredients.

Prior to opening Chhaya, Chef V developed her culinary expertise and practiced her creativity in the kitchens of several Philadelphia businesses, including Frog Commissary, Urban Outfitters, Tria Cafe, and Marathon Grill. 

After having lived in seven different countries and traveling the globe, South Philly is where Chef V has made her home. She lives in the Passyunk Square neighborhood, is actively involved in the community, and is the treasurer of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District. 

Chef V has a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a degree in culinary arts from the Restaurant School in Philadelphia.