Sahil Rahman + Rahul Vinod

Years of Participation

Sahil Rahman is the co-founder of RASA, a growing fast casual Indian brand based in Washington, DC that is making Indian cuisine and culture accessible to all. The son of a restaurateur, Sahil was immersed in the hospitality industry since a young age, and he is passionate about using food as a vehicle for cultural connection and understanding.

In past lives, Sahil worked in the experiential education space, and before that, as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting in their strategy & operations practice. Sahil comes alive when spreading ideas, connecting individuals, and cultivating community. He was named an Eater Young Gun in 2018, and is a recipient of the 2021 WBJ Diversity in Business Awards and the 2021 Rising Terp Award from his alma mater, the University of Maryland. He was also named a Thrillist Local Hero, and a Local Changemaker by the Washington City Paper for his role in supporting the community during the pandemic with RASA.

Rahul Vinod is the co-founder of Washington, D.C.'s fast-casual Indian restaurant RASA with childhood friend and business partner Sahil Rahman. The fast-casual restaurant offers a menu of set and build-your-own bowls inspired by Rahman's and Vinod's Indian backgrounds integrating flavors from Kerala and north India. Rasa opened in December 2017, receiving high praise in the form of two-and-a-half stars from The Washington Post. The two are also 2018 Eater Young Guns winners.