Tom Vellaringattu started his career in Food Technology in 1974 in Chennai (previously Madras) in India. He studied Trade Cookery at the Institute of Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition in Chennai. Since then he worked three years at Hotel Sudarshan International (now Pallava International). Since 1977 to 1980 he worked in catering field in Saudi Arabia.
After moving to the USA in 1987 he studied computer programming. However, his passion for food and cooking was very much alive. In 1997 he designed 10 different Indian curry mixes under ‘India’s Spice N Flavor’ brand, with the help of chefs (teachers) from Mumbai Catering College. Tom wrote over 60 recipes to be included in his spice blend packets.
Spice N Flavor spices got the best packaging award from the Indian Institute of packaging.