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 travelling 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.

Our Team

YOUSSEF OUALIDI
General Manager

Native of Casablanca, Morocco, the passion for food emerged in him while spending countless hours watching his mother in the kitchen. Youssef has lived in the state of Florida since 1993, he has made the beautiful city of Naples his home for the past 9 years. He started his career in the hospitality at Walt Disney World. After that, he joined the Marriott Corporation. During the last 14 years, he has held several senior leadership positions. His passion for new and trendy concepts in food and beverage has led him to successfully re-concepting and opening new, and innovative signature restaurants. Youssef earned bachelors degree in the Art Studies of Hotel and Restaurant Management.

During his free time, he plays soccer with his 3 children and participating in many community and charity events.

Email Youssef: youssef (at) 21spicesdining.com

MICHEL CARBONNEAU
Food and Beverage Director and Somelier

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

EARL BAILEY
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.