About Me

Dr. Paul Chhabra is President & CEO of Rajput Group of Companies. He graduated from India & studied in lodging & Food Service Management from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA (USA)
History and Ambitions:

Rajput Indian Cuisine was established in Dec. 1999 by Dr. Paul Chhabra in Hampton Virginia with the motto of providing a comfortable, Indian heritage inspires atmosphere and authentic home style cooking. Chhabra first gained experience in the Indian Restaurant business while living in Long Island, New York. When Chhabra moved to Virginia in 1992, he opened Nawab Indian Cuisine in Norfolk, VA with a partner. After a few years he decided to go back to India to stay with his family and gain more experience in restaurant industry and branch out his own. So, came back in 1999 and opened RAJPUT, is federally trade mark registered in USA. Paul Chhabra wishes to spread Indian Cuisine awareness to the areas where people still are not much aware of Indian healthy culinary and are in impression that Indian Food is hot& spicy.

Paul Chhabra always believe in give back and supported local charities or others by participating in fundraising events organized by Peninsula Foodbank of the Virgina , March Of Dimes, Foodbank of Southern Virginia, Easter Virginia Medical Centre, Virginia Zoo To Do, World Affairs Council, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virgina Beach City Public Schools, Norfolk City Public Schools, Norfolk Christian Schools, Suffolk City Public Schools ,Tidewater Nutrition Council, Virginia Air & Space Center, SPCA Norfolk, Elizabeth City State University, United Nations International Day of Peace(Hampton Roads),Annual Norfolk Teen Cultural Fest, Norfolk Chamber Consor, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Temple Beth El and so on. Chhabra is supporting local community since 2001, averaging 4 to 5 fundraising event participations every year. Almost participated around 100 fundraising events since 2000. Paul Chhabra also supported political fundraising for Honorable Mark Warner @ Philipino Community Center Virginia Beach, Honorable Tim Kaine @Sidhu Home Richmond, VA, Honorable Dr. Ralph Northam (Governor) @Rajput Indian Cuisine Suffolk in 2017, Honorable Stephen Heretick (Delegate) @ Rajput Indian Cuisine Suffolk in 2018, Honorable Lynwood Lewis (Senator) at Ramin Fatehi Home in 2019.

History and Ambitions:

I was CEO at Nawab Indian Cuisine, Norfolk, VA. Consequently, was a president at Capital Estate & Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, Punjab, India. After that, he became president and CEO at Chhabra Inc. T/A Rajput Indian Cuisine, Hampton. Further, president and CEO at 2K Corporation T/A Rajput Indian Cuisine, Norfolk. Afterwards, became president and CEO at H&S Restaurants Inc. T/A Rajput Indian Cuisine, Suffolk, VA. Later, president at J&N Estates LLC, Suffolk, VA 2016-Present.

Achievements and Awards:
  • Executive Founder & Business Secretary: NRI Sabha Punjab (NGO) 1995-1999 Invited to Prime Minister House in 1997 for helping NRIs through NRI SABHA PUNJAB by Shri I. K. Gujral (PRIME MINISTER OF INDIA).
  • Appreciation Letter from Indian Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Office for celebrating India’s first Independence Day on August 2000 in the history of City of Hampton, VA in 2000.
  • Proclamation from Mamie E. Locker, Mayor of the from City of Hampton on Sunday, August 20 2000 as INDIA’s INDEPENDENCE DAY.
  • Appreciation Letter from Mahatma Gandhi House by Dr. Gandhi on 25th October, 2000.
  • Proclamation from Paul D. Fraim, Mayor of City of Norfolk on Sunday, November 20, 2005 as A Day of Support for The Victims of the October8, 2005 Earthquake in Pakistan and India.
  • Virginia Trade Delegation to India with Governor Mark Warner in 2005.
  • Profiled for Reversing Diabetes Vegan Cooking Class demonstration along with Dr. Neal Barnard who is author of many books written for Good Health by Eating Vegan.
  • Graduate of FBI Norfolk Citizen Academy in 2009.
  • Chef Award @ Signature Chefs Auction by March of Dimes in 2015.
  • Demonstrated Cooking Show at WAVY TV to support March of Dimes and also got “Best Taste Award at event in 2016.
  • Featured in Profile of The Indian Panorama Magazine in New York & Dallas Texas- “Yash Paul Chhabra –A Fascinating Journey from Punjab to Virginia” in 2017.
  • Cooking Show with Celebrity Chef of India, Mr. Harpal Sokhi in Mumbai, India 2018
  • Featured in News & Views Charitable Work of VEER Magazine in Hampton Roads- “Food & Community are Spice of Life for Rajput’s Paul Chhabra” in 2018
  • Invited as a Guest of Honor by Salam India Food Kebab Contest in Delhi in 2019.
  • Resolution for presentation to Y. Paul Chhabra, as an expression of the House of Delegates’ administration for his contribution to the Commonwealth, January 10th 2020
  • Appreciation Letter by the Mayor of Norfolk for a significant milestone and accomplishment on 20 years for outstanding services, January 19th 2020
  • Appointed as a member of Asian Advisory Board commencing July 1st 2020 and ending June 30th 2023
  • Profiled in the Indian Panorama October 2021″ This Punjabi middle-aged man is destined to achieve and contribute much more to his community and the country. 
  • Yash P Chhabra’s column in Readers Write of Indian Panorama January 2023. 
  • Yash P Chhabra was also awarded an honorary doctorate by American East Coast University New York, NY. on the 17th day of July in the year 2023.
  • Dr. Chhabra’s long awaited Indo-Vegan 100 Recipes Book was launched by Celebrity Chefs Manjit Gill & Harpal Sokhi in Indian International Centre, New Delhi the 23rd day of July in the year of 2023. 
Academic Qualification:

Completed degree of business at Doaba College, Jalandhar, Punjab, India. After that, did internship at Hans & Co. (CPA), C-1 Dilkusha Market, Punjab, India. Further, did lodging and food service Management course from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA.