The world is surviving through food, and we cannot deny the fact of that food plays a very major role in our lives. Our body needs the energy to work, and that energy we obtain from food. India is a country which is famous for its food quality and the range availability.
There is a famous quote or you can say a saying “Your mom cooks the best food ever in the Universe”. We are living at the state of mind right now with more hardworking and dreams oriented living lifestyle, those dreams don’t belong only by the workings and putting efforts but also the energy we consume for it, we need food.
The love for food that people do have these days is just unbelievable. People these days are more foodie they are more open towards trying new options available in the market with different tastes of food and dishes. Although the best food will be forever by our mother’s, whereas we have second options for our food craving is our Chef’s. Great cooks or chefs play a role of sorcerers. That sounds strange when someone is not obsessed with food; however, almost everybody loves to eat. And being a food lover, how we can just not be aware of the great talents from this food industry which strongly plays an impactful move with their quality cooking skills and also have become the famous personalities in the top chef’s list. So, here we would love to highlight our Top 12 Amazing Indian Chef’s from the country that is World Famous.
1) Vikas Khanna
In 2011, the People magazine named the Vikas Khanna in the sexiest men alive also referred to him “The Hottest Chef of America”. Yes, we are going to know more a bit about this Chef, none other than Vikas Khanna. This famous chef is currently based in New York City, and the chef is of Indian nationality. Despite the tag of being only an Indian Chef, he is also a restaurateur, cookbook writer, filmmaker, humanitarian, and the judge of the famous show MasterChef India and MasterChef Junior as well.
Khanna belongs to Amritsar, Punjab, India. He was born on 14th November 1971 to Davinder Khanna(his father) and Bindu Khanna (mother). In his family, he is the second child and has one elder brother Nishant Khanna and younger sister Radhika Khanna. The chef wasn’t born perfect as he faced misaligned within his legs and feet that was until the age when he was 13. Behind his secrecy talent with great cooking skills he was inspired by his grandmother, and started learning his cooking from his grandmother with the variety of dishes made him try within new taste and choice. Moving with his education he finished with his academics in the year 1991 and his study was from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration. After his education, he established with SAANCH, an event which holds some food and tradition from many different places and that was his start-up which made him build his confidence within.
With his careers, He had served his quality work for with some famous and renowned hotels in India, such as Taj, Oberoi, Welcome Group, and Leela Group of Hotels also with the most influential chefs of the world he has worked with Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Jean Georges Vongerichten. He also started his own restaurant in 2010, 2nd December in Flatiron district of Manhattan, New York, named Junoon, which has been also received a favorable review from Sam Sifton on March 29, 2011.
•His Achievements cannot be missed, as By Michelin Guide for 2012, 2013, 2014 he received Michelin star for his restaurant.
•Awarded to GQ India man of the year 2012, also he was featured on the cover of Men’s Health India Magazine- October 2012.
2) Sanjeev Kapoor
On the list of most amazing chefs of India the trending and with his magical recipes and best conveying method recipes Sanjeev Kapoor is an Indian celebrity chef, also an entrepreneur writer and television personality. Food is always at the heart of everyone. The chef is known for his nature of doing small things in a great way that’s making him different from others. The chef is born to a Punjabi family and was born on 10th April 1964 Ambala, Haryana (erstwhile Punjab). His schooling is mostly in New Delhi. He started his field career in the hospitality industry since 1984 from Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition New Delhi. His parents always encouraged the young Kapoor to follow his dreams, with keen to learn always Sanjeev Kapoor became a chief Executive chef at hotel Varanasi Ashok. Chef Kapoor stars in the TV show also Khana Khazana the longest running show of its kind in Asia. He has launched his own FOOD FOOD channel; also Discovery channel through its Indian organization has acquired a majority stake in Kapoor’s channel.With a lot of his work experiences with hotels, he became the Executive Chef of the Centaur Hotel in Mumbai.
•His significance over the food industry is quite best, as he is the recipient of the Best Executive Chef of India Award by H & FS and the Mercury Gold Award at Geneva, by Indian Federation of Culinary Associations, also recruited as one of the members of international Culinary Panel, by Singapore Airlines.
•He is also awarded Padma Shri in 2017 as the fourth highest Indian national honor.
3) Ranveer Brar
The youngest star chef among the top 12 chefs, Ranveer Brar was an official culinary expert at the age at 25 years old have ever worked with a five-star in India. Ranveer Brar (born 8th February 1978 Lucknow). Besides this Ranveer Brar is also a TV Host, judge, and food stylist. He has been serving his talent through his some of the television shows include Breakfast Xpress, Snack Attack, Homemade, The Great Indian Rasoi. He has been also one of the judges for the season for the MasterChef India, which based on the British competitive cooking game show.
The inspiration behind becoming a chef was the local kebab vendors in Lucknow, to pursue his love for food. The path of love for food took him joined the Institute of Hotel Management, Lucknow, for more formal beginning into the culinary world. The first start-up of his career was with the Taj Mahal Hotel; also in 2001, he opened “Morisco” seafood restaurant, “il Camino” an Italian and “Fishtail” a small open-air barbeque eatery. At present, he is the senior official culinary expert at Novotel Mumbai, Juhu Beach. Also, he is supervising the Dosa Factory and Shalimar in Cambridge in addition to Mantra in Boston.
With his Awards and recognition he had a long list with himself, let’s have a major of it to highlight:
•He was acknowledged by the James Beard Foundation, New York for his magnificent contribution.
•Also featured among the top 50 chefs in the Indian Culinary Forum book.
•The first Indian Brand Ambassador for Italy’s Bertolli Olive Oil.
•Awarded with “Indian of the Year” for Chef and TV host of the year 2017.
4) Madhur Jaffrey
In the list of our chefs, the nest is our Lady star chef Madhur Jaffrey. She has known also the Indian-born actress, food and travel writer, and a television personality. She born (13th August 1933, in Civil lines Delhi. With her famous cookbooks, she has written about over a dozen of them and appeared on several related television programs, in which the most notable was Madhur Jaffrey’s Cookery which premiered in UK, 1982. She is also the food consultant at Dawat, as counted the best Indian restaurants available in New York City.
Most of her historic academics are fulfilled with the musical and playing roles in Dramas. Rest she learned cooking when she came to Britain in the mid-fifties at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (Rada). Madhur wasn’t girl children who use to spent her time in the kitchen, as it’s only in London when she began her cooking skills. In 1960’s was the time when she gets the opportunity to work along with BBC as on the show on Indian cooking.
An overview of her work includes the best of BBC series, including ‘Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery,” which made her a household name in England.
Her achievement is being contributed in culinary world through her words. Her books have won awards from International Association of Culinary Professionals and James Beard Foundation also received for her writings the recognition from The New York Times, Newsweek, Sunday Observer, Gourmet, Readers Digest, and Food & Wine.
5) Atul Kochhar
In the world of Kitchen, our next renowned Chef is Atul Kochhar. Khochhar (born 31st August 1969, Jamshedpur). As he is also known as the British based chef, restaurateur and television personality. He is the first Indian chef who received a Michelin star at the age of 31, awarded in Benares restaurant in London in 2007. With his glorious work he is a regular guest on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, also he has launched his own television show (Atul’s Spice Kitchen).
At the age of 20, in 1989 he started his career along with The Oberoi group of hotels in India; he worked over there for next five years with Oberoi Group till 1994. In the year 1994 the young chef moved and joined the restaurant renowned chef Bernard Kunig, until 2001, and moving the year 2002 he joined another venture of Marks and Spencer’s as a consultant chef on Indian diets. In 2007, he opens his own Restaurant and Bar (Benares) in London, which is counted one of the finest restaurants on Indian food in the city. With only going with hikes he also opened his first restaurant in Ireland, in 2008. And in the year 2013, he opened Rang Mahal in Dubai JW Marriot Marquis Hotel. With his achievements, he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Southampton.
The chef is also involved in the children’s charities Barnardo’s, Great Ormond Street Hospital and save the children. He is also an Ambassador for Find Your Feet.
6) Ritu Dalmia
The Lady Chef Ritu Dalmia Born in Kolkata to a Marwari Family, 1973, she is an Indian Celebrity chef and restaurateur. The chef and co-owner of the famous Italian restaurant Diva in Delhi, she established it in 2000, with the co-founder Gita Bhalla under partnership firm “Riga Food”. She has also started with her hosting a TV cookery show “Italian Khana “for NDTV Good Times for three seasons, also published her first cookbook by the same name in 2009.At the age of her 16, she joined her family business of marble stone. She learned and started liking Italian cuisine during the period when she got the opportunity to be in Italy for sourcing for her work. At the early age only 22, she started her first restaurant ‘MezzaLuna’. Without any professional training, the chef is one of India’s best-recognized faces in the culinary world.
With hosting the TV series “Italian Khana” regularly for three seasons she won numerous television awards. She also has been playing a role as consulting chef with Divattra, the spa restaurant at ‘Ashok Hotel’, Delhi.
In 2011, she has been awarded the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity by Government of Italy.
7) Tarla Dalal
One of the best selling cookbook author and host of cooking TV series ‘Cooking up with Tarla Dalal’ Tarla Dalal was one of the best and most recognized across Indian Kitchens. How we can forget her cooking shows, despite that she also ran the largest Indian food web site. The culinary expert Tarla Dalal was born 3rd June, in Pune. She was born into a Marathi Brahmin family.
An entrepreneur Dalal started her innings with conducting cooking classes from her home in 1966, which also led her to the publication of her first cookbook. The book sold over 1,500,000 copies and over the time her popularity grew and became a household name, with housewives and chefs swearing by her recipes.
Later, she conducted cookery shows around the world.
• She was also honored “Women of the Year” Award for her proprietorship skills and revolutionizing the culinary industry in 2005, she had also received Padma Shri Award for her contribution in cooking industry and became the first Indian cookbook author to receive the honor.
She died in the year 2013 at the age of 77, following a cardiac arrest. Her website is currently listed amongst top 10 cookery sites of the world.
8) Hari Nayak
Hari Nayak is another name from the culinary world, as famous Indian Chef, Restaurateur, Author, and Writer. He was born on 8th February 1974 Udupi, Karnataka. He is popular in North America with his skilled and quality culinary knowledge. He is not counted only a chef; as he owns several restaurants and has authored several books. He is famous for his simplistic cooking tips with Indian food. He worked in India before traveling towards the culinary institute; he had also worked in restaurants in London, New York, & Paris.
Presently he is known for his several topmost restaurants. The chef is graduated from the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration in Manipal, Karnataka India. Also after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1998, he worked in a restaurant in New York. Hari is also co-founder of “Cooking for life” which was founded by the great chef Vikas Khanna.
This Indian chef is been able to provide a new contemporary outlook on Indian Food, also as one that is creating an awareness of sorts in North America today.
9) Nita Mehta
From the world of cooking, almost every chef is famous for his/her cookbooks as well. Moving to the next food expert Nita Mehta is an Indian celebrity, author, restaurateur, and a media personality. She was born on 12th January. Nita is best known for her cookbooks, cooking classes, and also as a celebrity judge on the shows for cooking, she has been called “cooking expert and “Nutrition expert”. Nita has been authored more than 400 cookbooks which have been sold out worldwide.
Since her teens only she has interest in cooking, she use baked cookies and cakes with the help of her neighbor aunts. Thus she decided to become a culinary expert passion as her path.
This chef has especially known for her some special contribution to her cooking books such as Olive oil, Vegetarian Chinese, Zero oil cooking, Diabetes Delicious, etc. She also runs her culinary academy (Nita Mehta Culinary Academy) in New Delhi, 2001. Including in her habits or hobbies, she loves to travel, visiting different restaurants and trying their dishes. In the year 2012, she turned restaurateur with the launch of her own restaurant Kelong at Sarabha Nagar in Ludhiana. As celebrity judge she has judged several cooking contests, such as Mallika –e-Kitchen in the year 2011 which culminated at JW Marriot in Chandigarh, also in the year 2011 later she appeared on the television cooking contest MasterChef India as a judge.
Her achievement worked out well when she received an award for Best Asian Cookbook Award at the world cookbook fair in Paris for her book Flavors of Indian Cooking.
10) Manish Mehrotra
Manish Mehrotra is an Indian Chef. The chef was born in Patna, Bihar India. He completed his hotel management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai. Chef Manish developed an intense liking for the energy, order, and satisfaction of a high volume kitchen. After his completion in course of Hotel Management, he joined Taj Hotel Group as a kitchen management trainee where he widens his love and knowledge for food.
In 2000 chef joined Old World Hospitality’s Oriental Octopus and also traveled across Asia to train in Pan Asian Cuisine, his journey of nine years sharpen his cooking skills and his taste buds, where he developed a passion for unusual ingredients and flavor combinations. With the year 2009, he launched Indian Accent in New Delhi, where he designs a flavor with the contemporary Indian menu of Indian Accent.
• In the list of his achievements, he has won several awards which include Foodistan, a television cooking game show by NDTV GoodTimes.
• Best Chef in the year 2010 & 2012, with award Vir Sanghvi Award, American Express Best Chef of the Year in the year 2015.
• In the year 2016, his restaurant got ranked as “Best Restaurant in India” also at Ninth “Best Restaurant in Asia”.
11) Saransh Goila
The young culinary expert Saransh Goila(born 17th February 1987) Delhi, India. At the age of 12 only he made his first Jalebi for his family and the love and being an enthusiast for food at an early age, the chef set his goals to just as his path. In the year 2008, he graduates from the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad (Taj Group of Hotels). After his academics, he pursues his high professional training at Taj Kitchens and worked for a year in Leela Kempinski, Bangalore.The young boy got fame when is won the FoodFood Maha Challenge.He is also the author of the acclaimed food travelogue ‘India on my platter’. Saransh Is one of the youngest celebrity chefs and at age of 27, only his bucket of success is filled with a lot of achievements such as Brand Ambassador for Bergner-Austria for 8 months in the year 2013. Also, Record in Limca Book of Records is the first Indian Chef to travel 20,000 km by road in 100 days and discovered India’s rich foods.He has also hosted the web series The Spice Traveller on his Youtube Channel. Also numbers of TV shows also he has been hosted. Currently, he is based in Delhi and hosting Roti Rasta our India and Healthy Fridge on Food Food Channel.
12) Gaggan Anand
Gaggan Anand is an Indian chef and the owner & executive chef of the progressive Indian Restaurant Gaggan in Bankok, Thailand.
The Chef roots are from Kolkata Indian, but origin to Punjabi family. The secret of this culinary amazing expert chef is that he didn’t have that keen interest in cooking initially, as he was more interested in music, as he has performed as a drummer in local rock bands before his cooking world.
He pursues his diploma in Hotel Management from a catering college (Indian Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology). He started with his training at Taj Group Only. Anand left his training later for pursuing his further career in Bangkok, where he gets the opportunity to work at Red, a restaurant that specialized in contemporary Indian cuisine.In the year 2010 December Anand opened Gaggan since the year restaurant has repeatedly placed on the Restaurant’s The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in List. As in his favorites foods list, he loves Amritsari chhole, Kerala fish fry and more. The love for his country made him visit India every Diwali, where his mother lives.
The chef was also profiled in Season 2’s Episodes 6 of Netflix Chef’s Table.Anand is also planning to close Gaggan in 2020 to start-up a 10 seat restaurant that opens only on weekends Fukuoka, Japan.
As above we have discussed the top amazing 12 chefs or culinary artists from India who just made India as a remarkable country worldwide in the cooking world. There are much more in the lists who are contributing in the cooking world with their unbelievable fusion, contemporary, and different style of cooking skills and setting a tough competition across the world. The fact of living is that we cannot imagine even how vast Culinary World is, as it’s is like an experiment which is being happened in the kitchens of great skillful chef’s.