Top Michelin Star Chefs from India
In the culinary field, these Indian chefs have engraved an identity of their own
In India, growing into a chef is looked at as a significant accomplishment. The reason is that bulk of the Indian people possesses an orthodox attitude and to them, careers such as cooking, journalism or racing are not satisfactory. However, a few chefs from India have worked hard for ages and have earned the most coveted Michelin Star from culinary experts of the world. These chefs have not just made the country proud, but they are an inspiration to those millennials who are presently dreaming of turning into an outstanding chef in the future. In this column, let us introduce you to the leading Indian chefs with a Michelin Star.
Chef Vineet Bhatia is a 53-year-old who hails from Mumbai and went to the Oberoi School of Hotel Management. After completing his studies, Bhatia created a legacy in the culinary world by turning into the first Indian to earn a Michelin Star and is the only Indian chef to occupy two Michelin Stars. Among several restaurants, the most illustrious ones belonging to Bhatia are Zaika (London), Rasoi (London) and Rasoi (Geneva).
Born in India’s Wardha, Alfred did his hotel management degree from Chennai’s Institute of Hotel Management in 1993 and went onto work in several top Indian hotels. The iconic chef also performed under renowned chefs such as Manjit Singh Gill, Imtiaz Qureshi, Nisar Waris and Praveen Anand to cite a few. In 1999, the Indian chef went to London and commenced a new adventure at the Tamarind of Mayfair in 2001. In 2002, he was honoured him with a Michelin Star at 29 (youngest Indian chef to win the honour).
From the streets of Punjab to the kitchens of several international hotels, Vikas Khanna’s expedition in the culinary world can be turned into a blockbuster film. Junoon, Khanna’s outlet in New York, is respected by several culinary experts and is a hot favourite of several celebrity personalities. The Michelin Star chef has worked with Gordon Ramsay, emerged as a guest chef on the cooking show MasterChef Australia, and has also cooked twice for Barack Obama and his family at the White House!
Other honourable mentions
- Manjunath Mural– Chef Mural received the Michelin Star for his restaurant, The Song of India that is in Singapore.
- Sriram Aylur– For serving authentic South-Western coastal cuisine in his restaurant Quilon in London, Aylur received the star in 2008.