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Indian Chefs Who’ve Made the Country Proud

    India has some of the best chefs. Creative, imaginative, and talented, these chefs have become stars in their own right. Hailing from the land of spices and flavours, these chefs can magically turn any dish into royalty. Over the years, their unique methods of cooking have put India on the global culinary map.

    We dedicate this section to our Indian chefs. Take a peek at India’s finest culinary masters who are loved all across the world.


    • Sanjeev Kapoor

    This person needs no introduction, after all, he is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood and hosts a cookery show called Khana Khazana. He is a restaurateur and the author of 150+ best-selling cookbooks. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com  is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.


    Awards and Accolades

    • Padma Shri (2017) - fourth highest Indian national honour
    • Achieved the Guinness World Record by cooking 918 kg khichdi live at World Food India 2017, New Delhi.
    • ITA Award (2015) - for Popular Chef & Entrepreneur (Zaika-E-Hind) and ITA Award (2010, 2004, 2002) - for Best Cookery Show (Khana Khazana)
    • National Award of ‘Best Chef of India’ by the Government of India for his popularity and contribution to Indian cuisine
    • Ranked 31st in Reader’s Digest list of ‘100 of India’s most trusted persons’ and 34th in the Forbes list of ‘top 100 Indian celebrities’.
    • Kunal Kapur

    Kunal has played host in many television shows such as Masterchef India and Junior Masterchef India. He was also invited to judge the semi-finale of Masterchef America with Chef Gordon Ramsey. Journalist Vir Sanghvi had quoted him as “The real star of Masterchef India”.

    Awards and Accolades

    • Recognized amongst the Best Chefs in India by India Today.
    • He has been honored with Dr. S. Radhakrishnan National Media Network Award.
    • The Indian Television Academy awarded him for the Best Jury/ Anchor on television for Junior Masterchef India.
    • Proud recipient of the prestigious ‘Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship 2012’ from the Government of New Zealand in the field of Food & Beverage.
    • Vikas Khanna

    Vikas Khanna is an Indian celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook writer. From Ludhiana to New York, his journey has been amazing. Khanna has worked with the best food experts around the globe, including Gordon Ramsey and Bobby Flay.
    As of today, he runs his own restaurant named “Junoon” in New York. He has also arranged a dinner for US President Barack Obama. Moreover, he gave his presence as a judge in the Master Chef India series.

    Awards and Accolades

    • Recognized as one of the top 10 Chefs in the world by Deutsche Welle News and Gazette Review.
    • “Rising Star" Chef Award by Star Chefs for his role in shaping the future of American Cuisine (2011).
    • GQ India Man of the year 2012 by GQ Magazine.
    • He was voted "New York's Hottest Chef" in a poll conducted by the New York Eater blog.
    • Ranveer Brar

    Ranveer Brar is a MasterChef India judge, chef, travel show host, food columnist and food stylist. Born in Lucknow, he was inspired to become a chef by a youthful fascination with the city's famous street kebab vendors.
    Ranveer began working in hotels in Delhi and by the age of 25 he became the youngest executive chef at Kafe Fontana. He then opened the Chocolate Box, a unique pastry shop that offers live chocolate making and customized chocolate designs. He later moved to Boston (USA) where he opened the restaurant Banq. After successful years in the US, he returned to India as the executive chef for Novotel Mumbai Juhu Beach. His famous show is ‘Health Bhi Taste Bhi’ on Zee Khana Khazana.

    Awards and Accolades

    • Received recognition for his contribution to various cuisines by several institutions such as AIWF, AICA, as also the Mayor of Boston. In addition, he has also represented India at the WPF.
    • Awarded 'Indian of the Year' for Chef and TV Host of the year 2017.
    • Awarded LFEGA ‘Food Entertainer of the Year’ for 2018.
    • Received an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Food and Beverage Industry 2021 from Food Connoisseurs India Convention.
    • Handled banquets at the Rashtrapati Bhawan and at the Prime Minister's residence. Additionally, he has cooked for several Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities both in Indian and the US.
    • Harpal Singh Sokhi

    Harpal Singh Sokhi is a celebrity chef from India. The combination of Indian food with International Cuisine is the thing that has made Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi famous among the top best Indian chefs. As a chef, he has worked with multiple hotel and restaurant chains before launching his own chain – The Punjabi Tadka – in 2013. He has hosted the cooking show Turban Tadka and is currently the Director of Turban Tadka Hospitality.
    That’s not all! Sokhi has taught as a guest faculty member at the N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research. He has crafted the menu for the restaurant Jashan (Hong Kong) and has launched the biggest Lounge Bar De Nuevo in Jalandhar, Punjab.

    Awards and Accolades

    • Awarded as Best Chef of the Year in the year 2016 by National Indo-Australian Cultural by the Victorian Council Australia in October 2014, for promoting Indian food and culture in Australia.
    • Achieved Iconic Achievers Award 2018, Food Fusion Leadership Awards 2018 & Annapoorna Food Retail Award 2018.
    • FoodFood the pioneer in Food Television network in India awarded Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi as the most recognized face of the year in 2017.
    • Madhur Jaffrey

    Indian-born actress turned food and travel writer, Madhur Jaffrey introduced Indian cooking to America through her debut cookbook, ‘An Invitation to Indian Cooking’ that won her a James Beard Award. Her hall of fame includes several cookbooks, food shows including a BBC show on Indian cooking and teaching at James Beard School of Cooking. She is the Julia Child of Indian cooking who showed the western world the art of Indian cuisine. She lives in Manhattan and has a home in upstate New York. As a result of the success of her cookbooks and TV, Jaffrey developed a line of mass-marketed cooking sauces.

    Awards and Accolades
    • Named as Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America by the James Beard Foundation in 1995.
    • Honorary CBE awarded in 2004 "in recognition of her services to cultural relations between the United Kingdom, India and the United States through her achievements in film, television and cookery".
    • Pankaj Bhadouria

    Pankaj Bhadouria is the winner of MasterChef India Season 1 (2010). She was a school teacher who quit a 16-year-old job to participate in the first season of MasterChef India. She has hosted TV shows like Chef Pankaj Ka Zayka (StarPlus), Kifayati Kitchen (Zee Khana Khazana), 3 Course with Pankaj (Zee Khana Khazana), Rasoi se- Pankaj Bhadouria ke Saath(ETV) etc.
    She was the first MasterChef Winner worldwide to have an official MasterChef Cookbook in her name and has written two more cookery books Barbie- I am a Chef, and Chicken from my Kitchen (Bloomsbury Publishing).

    Awards and Accolades

    • MasterChef India Winner (Season 1)
    • Winner of Outlook Social Media Award OSM Kitchen King/Queen of the Year Award by Outlook Magazine, 2016
    • Felicitated by the Honorable President of India, Shri R. N. Kovind as ‘First Ladies’ – an award given by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Govt. of India.
    All the above chefs globally play a key role in evangelizing the cuisine of our country. With their extraordinary work of art, they have carved a niche in the culinary industry. Their choice of ingredients, their unique preparation style, their impressive presentation, and their mouth-melting cuisines has not only put them on the global culinary map but have also left food lovers ask for more!