SARAVANAN SENNIAPPAN, OWNER/CHEF
If a film director was looking to make a movie about a restaurateur, Saravanan Senniappan (the owner of Big Fish and Open Range, and The Main Dish) would make for an inspiring character. Beginning with a hotel management degree he worked for a number of years for Marriott Hotels in India. Moving to the UK, he became the First Cook on a number of cruise lines, before deciding to move to Canada. From there he managed a high-volume restaurant, successfully challenging his Red Seal before going further and becoming a Certified Chef de Cuisine, the highest form of certification available in the food industry.
After a number of years of saving he began to look for a restaurant to purchase. He wanted something that reflected his high food expectations and that he could make his own. In 2016 Big Fish and it’s partner restaurant Open Range came up for sale and he knew that these were the restaurants for him. He has already added to their legacy with Big Fish recently named as Calgary's top seafood restaurant. In October 2017, Saravanan along with his business partner Mani purchased The Main Dish and are excited to continue The Main Dish's over 10 year legacy in the Calgary community.