Our Team

Chef Chalapathi Rao

Chef Chalapathi Rao has made a place for himself in the culinary world, through his constant efforts and dedication towards preserving and bringing back the traditional and old school cooking styles. The Simply South kitchen is trained to present you with the most authentic tasting South Indian cuisines. Our cooking style is traditional as we believe it brings out the best flavours from any dish.

Chef Chalatpathi Rao has received a special mention in the letter of appreciation from Buckingham Palace.

Letter of appreciation from president Bill Clinton during his visit to Hyderabad in the year 2000.

He was the recipient of the 'Young Chef of the year' by the premiere food and travel magazine 'Taste and Travel' in the year 2006-07.

Simply South by Chef Chalapathi Rao was awarded 'The Best Chef Owned Restaurant' by Times Food and Nightlife Awards'. A first for Hyderabad.


Arjun Valluri, Chairman

Arjun was the Co-Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Intelligroup, Inc (acquired by NTT Data).

A successful serial entrepreneur, Arjun has received various awards for his business accomplishments and has significantly invested in Green Energy & Technology sectors.

Throughout the years, Arjun has received various awards such as: NJ Fast 50 awards in the years 1995,1996, 1997. NJ Fast 500 award in 1999, NJ Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in the years 1995,1996,1997, NJ Ernst and young Entrepreneur of the Year Winner in 2001, Var Business 500 Awards in 2000, 2001, 2002, Young Presidents' Organization, Inc. In 2003, Recipient of Ronald Reagan Technology Award from the World Business Forum for 2004.

Arjun owns various successful F&B brands like Xtreme Sports Bar, Excess and Heart Cup Cafe


Rajesh Reddy

A hospitality professional with more than 12 year experience with brands like Taj Group of Hotels & ITC Hotels Limited In the year 2004 he moved to HSBC as a Learning & Development Manager, and in the next 12 years went on to head Learning & Development for 16 locations around the globe.

Rajesh has been a part of the Management Team at Simply South since 2017, and has been instrumental in putting in various back end processes .


Amita Lulla

A marketing professional with 12+ years with various hospitality brands like Taj Group of hotels, ITC hotels and Accor Group of hotels & FMCG brand CARLSBERG.

Leads the sales and marketing for Simply south in addition to running the operations of Simply South along with Chef Chalapathi Rao.