Indian cuisine is known far and wide in the world. Its complex use of spices and a multitude of dishes are not something that one can easily master. But then, there are those who have brought Indian food to the forefront and made it world famous. These Indian chefs have not only made India proud with their culinary skills but have also provided a bigger picture to the various types of Indian cuisines and made them known to the rest of the world. Some of these amazing chefs are:
1) Madhur Jaffrey
Madhur Jaffrey is a Delhi-born actress, food and travel writer, and a television personality. Her book An Invitation To Cooking (1973) brought her into the limelight. Since then she has written 15 cookbooks and appeared on various television programmes including Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery (1982), Madhur Jaffrey’s Far Eastern Cookery (1989) and Madhur Jaffrey’s Flavours Of India (1995). She acted in Shakespeare Wallah (1965) she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival and was soon recognised as the “actress who could cook”.
2) Sanjeev Kapoor
Sanjeev Kapoor is an Indian chef and entrepreneur who stars in the TV show Khana Khazana which is the longest running show of its kind in Asia. He also launched the Food Food channel in January, 2011 and has appeared on Masterchef India season 3 as a celebrity judge. He began his career under the kitchen management scheme and worked in many hotels before becoming the Executive Chef of the Centaur Hotel. In 2001, he opened his first restaurant The Yellow Chilli which is now available in major cities of India. Singapore Airlines has recruited him as one of the members of its International Culinary Panel and has also been approached by the Indian Railways for the preparation of a menu of food items served on trains.
3) Harpal Sokhi
Harpal Singh Sokhi is a celebrity chef who has worked in many restaurants and hotels before launching his own chain The Funjabi Tadka in 2013. His main inspiration for cooking came from his mother’s cooking. After completing his degree at IHM Bhubaneswar in 1987, he started his career as a trainee at The Oberoi. He then went on to work as a chef at many restaurants including The Regent (Jakarta), The Regent (Mumbai), Blue Cilantro (Andheri, Mumbai) and Hotel Tuli International (Nagpur). In 1993, Sokhi also hosted the first Khana Khazana episode on Zee TV. He also started hosting Turban Tadka on Food Food Channel that gained him popular recognition in India. Harpal Sokhi is one of the top chefs on YouTube and was also a contestant on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa Season 9.
4) Tarla Dalal
Tarla Dalal is an Indian food writer, author of over 100 cookbooks, the host of cooking shows such as The Tarla Dalal Show and Cook It Up With Tarla Dalal, and the only Indian from the field of cooking to be awarded the Padma Shri Award. Though she wrote about a variety of cuisines, she specialized in Indian cuisine, particularly Gujarati and Bengali. Some of her books are The Complete Gujarati Cook Book, Curries & Kadhis, Know Your Flours and many more incredible cookbooks. Tarla Dalal died on November 6th, 2013 following a heart attack.
5) Anjum Anand
Anjum Anand, also known as the “Nigella Lawson of Indian Cuisine in Britain”, is a British Indian food writer and a TV chef of Indian cuisine. She has studied in Geneva, Paris and Madrid and is a Hindu who speaks fluent French and Spanish. Gaining inspiration from personal experience of weight issues, she aims at adapting healthy meals from a traditionally rich Indian diet. Her published works include Indian Every Day: Light, Healthy Indian Food, Indian Food Made Easy, I Love Curry and Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast.
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