The story of Piperi begins in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala, where Chef Thomas John was born and raised. It’s the region where the spice trade began centuries ago, and is rich in peppercorns, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom and other spices. Thomas’s family ran a spice farm, and meals made with fresh ingredients were part of his everyday life. Throughout his career as a professional chef, Thomas has used those flavors and invigoratingly fresh ingredients with passion and creativity.
He’s also been influenced by the busy American lifestyle—specifically the demand for quick, on-the-go meals, and the increasing demand for healthier options. For the past several years, he’s been part of the “Worlds of Healthy Flavors” conference, an initiative of the Culinary Institute of America and Dr. Walter Willet’s team at the Harvard School of Public Health to make a wider range of healthy menu choices available in American restaurants. Thomas also worked closely with Dr. Michael Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, to bring an Au Bon Pain restaurant to the Clinic’s Heart Center.
Piperi Mediterranean Grill is the next chapter for Thomas and business partner Tim Oliveri—a new way to bring exquisite, international flavors to people who are hungry for food that’s as healthy as it is delicious, made fresh and served quickly.