About Us

21 Spices

21 Spices by Chef Asif invites you to join us on an epicurean adventure, an indulgence of flavors, style and artistry, all lovingly and carefully presented for your enjoyment.

Explore the diverse flavors of classical Indian cuisine, featuring the freshest season ingredients with a modern presentation, innovative culinary techniques. Our focus is to create a unique “culinary journey” that taps into and encourages the emotion and pleasures of eating while being respectful of authenticity.

The menu includes include a wide selection of outstanding biryanis, curries and vegetarian delights, refreshing salads delivered in artistic fashion, mouthwatering Tandoor-roasted lamb, prawns, fresh fish, chicken, and kabobs flamed in an open-style kitchen. Chef Asif’s delicious homemade chutneys accompany many of our courses.

Elegant appetizers and an array of stuffed tandoori naan are offered as part of the Small Bites Menu in our Wine Bar. Saffron-ginger ice cream and unique desserts and after dinner drinks provide a sweet conclusion to your meal.

Chef Asif

Chef Asif R. Syed was born and raised near Hyderabad, India, known as the ancient City of Kings and Pearls and famous for its Muglai cuisine. Originally drawn to art and painting, Chef Asif trained and worked as a chef in India after completing his degree in hotel management and catering. His progressive style of fusion cooking was developed and honed after spending time traveling and working in Europe. He learned to blend classic techniques with the exotic tastes acquired during his travels into his signature culinary style.

For the past 14 years, he has been the award-winning Executive Chef at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort. In 2013 and 2015, Chef Asif was named the winner of the Tampa Bay International Curry Festival. He has worked with many celebrity chefs around the globe and, in October 2015, Chef Asif was a competitor on Food Network’s popular cooking competition, “Guy’s Grocery Games,” hosted by Guy Fieri.

Chef Asif, along with three other culinary wizards, took to the aisles in a fifth-season episode of Food Network program “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

In 2016 Chef Asif appeared on Alton Brown’s series, “Cutthroat Kitchen,” which pits big-name chefs against each other in a competition that awards the last chef standing a cash prize.

Chef Asif appeared on a 2018 episode of Beat Bobby Flay showcasing his culinary talents and actually beating the Iron Chef Bobby Flay himself with his Tandoori Chicken. This makes him one of the few contestants to ever beat the celebrity chef on his show.

21 Spices by Chef Asif has had the pleasure of serving notable public figures such as Shad Khan, Rocky Patel, Senator Garrett Richter, and Governor Rick Scott.

Our Team

General Manager

Born and educated in Montreal, since 2000, Michel has worked in Naples Florida in different restaurants as Manager and Sommelier and as District Manager for different wine importers in Florida.

Michel brings over 30 years of restaurant and hospitality business experience to 21 Spices by Chef Asif.  He began in the restaurant business by training at the Institute du Tourist and Hotels of Quebec and Ecole Hotelliere des Laurentide for both front of the house and back of the house operations.  Among his many achievements, in 1987 and 1989, Michel finished in the top 15 for French Wine and Spirits Sommelier Competition in Canada for East Canada.  He has worked many restaurants, hotels and resorts as Maitre D’, Sommelier and Manager, and has experience with multiple cuisines such as French, Italian, Egyptian, American and Malagasy.

Email Michel: michel (at) 21spicesdining.com

Head Bartender

A native of Port Antonio, Jamaica, Earl Bailey began bartending as a hobby, but developed a passion for mixology working behind the bar at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami for 13 years. For the past 16 years, Earl has concocted delicious cocktails at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort. He has a well-deserved reputation for creativity, excellent service and a cheery disposition. Earl is pleased to be a part of the 21 Spices by Chef Asif team.