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February 11, 2022

Prakash Karamchandani and HoChan Jang Ranked as Two of the Most Influential Restaurant CEO’s in the Country


Every year, Nation’s Restaurant News editors select influential industry insiders for The Power List . This year, the list focused on people who are evolving the restaurant industry through fresh ideas and game-changing approaches to leadership, workforce, equity and inclusion, investment, restaurant technology, supply chain, growth models and more. We are pleased to announce that Balance Grille Co-Founders Prakash Karamchandani and HoChan Jang have been recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News as one of the most influential restaurant CEO’s of 2022.

Making a name for themselves in Northwestern and Northeastern Ohio, the Balance Grille operation has grown to four locations, in addition to an 8,000 sq.ft. urban aquaponic farming operation dubbed “Balance Farms” and created by the brand’s co-founders.

A self-taught chef and significantly influenced by his previous career in personal training and education in nutrition, Balance Co-Founder HoChan Jang (CJ) is the mastermind behind the Balance menu which includes Asian bowls, tacos, snacks and bubble tea. Also recognized by Michael Simon from Iron Chef and featured as a top chef by Stella Artois, HoChan has become an innovative leader in his own right.

With a technology and software programming background, Balance Co-Founder Prakash Karamchandani (PK) brings to Balance a forward-thinking spin on technology within the restaurant industry. He manages all Marketing, Finance and Technology for the brand and has become an innovative leader in his own right as well, developing his own proprietary technologies and together with HoChan, pioneering a peer management operational model and creating an employee-centric, Balance Family culture rooted in technology and good-will.

“To be recognized by Nation’s Restaurant News is such an honor,” said Prakash Karamchandani, CEO & Co-Founder of Balance Grille. “I am humbled and beyond blessed to be on this journey with my business partner and best friend CJ and the amazing team we’ve put together over the last 12 year. Yet this acknowledgement proves that we are just getting started.”

Looking ahead to 2022, Prakash and HoChan have set their sights on a targeted, phased growth and development plan, teaming with the industry-experienced leadership team at Pivotal Growth Partners in order to position the concept as the preeminent Asian fast casual concept nationwide, while continuing to deliver on a commitment to their mission each and every day by constantly innovating, challenging the status-quo, and providing customers an experience which cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

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