With the Indian food industry zipping up its profits year on year, many chefs are taking control by starting their own brand. Here are 7 Chefpreneurs making their presence felt.
Working in a kitchen is not an easy task. Breaking this myth, Indian food and beverage industry has got names who have not only worked in a man’s world, but also made Indian food popular at the global level. They are those brave women who have played around with various flavours and techniques to make Indian food popular at global food map. Restaurant India is proud to list those 7 women chefs who have given so much to the food culture in the country.
Ritu Dalmia: Chef Ritu Dalmia needs no introduction. Her insatiable appetite for endless gastronomic innovation and her collection of fine wines has warmed many hungry souls. A lover for Italian cuisine she opened her first restaurant Mezzaluna in Delhi at the age of 21 which was a disaster in her own language. She now owns the much appreciated and awarded restaurant Diva and manages six unique restaurants each different in their concept.
Nita Mehta: Nita Mehta has entered the hearts and homes of millions of people across the globe through her cookbooks. In the discussion of a recipe, Nita becomes the reader’s teacher and friend. Her knowledge is based on the solid backbone of an MSc. degree and Gold Medal in Food and Nutrition. Her recipes work every time because they are tested again and again, and explained step by step. Their appeal lies in the creative blend of exciting flavours that appeal to every palate.
Romy Gill: Romy is one of the few female Indian chef/owners in the UK, having opened Romy’s Kitchen Restaurant in Thornbury, Bristol in 2013. She was awarded a MBE for her services to hospitality industry on the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honors list in 2016. Romy regularly demonstrates her cooking at many festivals both in the UK and abroad. She does lot of work for Frankwater and action against hunger and runs marathons to raise money for them.
Amrita Raichand: There are moms, there are super moms and then there is Celebrity Chef Amrita Raichand. She is one of those few glamorous moms who makes healthy and tasty recipes and can even make "Karela" look like a cake. Amrita Raichand has been spreading her magic in the culinary world with her popular TV show “Mummy ka Magic" and her you tube channel " Being Amrita: Chef and Beyond". Having associated with several culinary projects and associations, Amrita has also won several accolades and appreciations for her contribution in the Food industry.
Rakhee Vaswani: A culinary expert and a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef who is successfully leading Palate Culinary Studio, a first-of-its-kind initiative equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen where she teaches how to cook/bake 100+ cuisines through one-day workshops as well as professional courses. She believes that food is the perfect remedy for all problems and is the author of her first cookbook called Picky Eaters. She is also the brand ambassador of Hershey's India- The leading chocolate brand in the world!
Pooja Dhingra: Commonly known as ‘the macaron girl’, Pooja Dhingra is the young Owner of Le 15 Patisserie, and Studio Fifteen. A graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, Pooja has grown in a family of restaurateurs and chocolate lovers. Her father and brother own a Mexican restaurant and her mother is into a chocolate business.
Pankaj Bhadouria: From being winner of MasterChef Season 1 to becoming one of those TV chef who is very popular among people, Pankaj has beautifully crafted her foodie journey. She was invited to address the South Asian Community in Britain by Cambridge University in July 2011. She demonstrated some Indian foods for health conscious people and managed to break the general British myth that Indian food is all about spicy curries and Chicken Tikka Masala.