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Top 7 Indian Chefs we Love!

Riya Aggarwal | September 27, 2018

Food is an intrinsic part of India’s culture and heritage. Be it spices, curries, flatbreads or desserts-Indian cuisine has everything!

BetterButter brings to you 7 Indian chefs who took the humble Indian cuisine to the world, and made it into a global culinary phenomenon!

1) Sanjeev Kapoor

Sanjeev Kapoor is probably one of the best-known chefs in India. Sanjeev was the first chef to get his own culinary show-‘Khana Khazana’ on television. In fact, his show is one of the longest-running cookery shows in Asia. Sanjeev has written more than 150 cookbooks and he has also served as a judge on Masterchef India.

Apart from this, Sanjeev recently broke the world record for making the largest quantity of ‘khichdi’ in one day. The celebrity chef also holds the record for making the world’s largest ‘imarti’ and ‘jalebi’. 


2) Vikas Khanna

Vikas Khanna’s inspiring journey from Amritsar to New York, is the stuff that dreams are made of! The celebrity chef runs a one Michelin star restaurant named ‘Junoon’ in New York. Vikas has also served as a judge on Masterchef India and as a guest judge on Masterchef Australia.

Apart from working with some of the best chefs around the world, Vikas also hosted a dinner for the former US President Barack Obama. In 2011, Vikas was named the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by ‘People’ magazine. In 2012, Vikas won the GQ India ‘Man of the Year’ award.


3) Kunal Kapoor

Chef Kunal Kapoor is another popular chef who served as a judge on Masterchef India.

The celebrity chef is currently seen on television hosting shows such as ‘My Yellow Table’, ‘Utsav-Thalis of India’ and ‘Pickle Nation.’


4) Ranveer Brar

Chef Ranveer Brar is often referred to as India’s ‘Most Stylish’ chef. The celebrity chef started his culinary journey at the age of 6 years, when he cooked at a ‘langar’ in a Gurdwara.

Ranveer has hosted five television shows and he has also served as a judge on Masterchef India.


5) Tarla Dalal

The late Tarla Dalal was one of the most popular female chefs in India. After getting married, Tarla started taking cooking classes at her home.

Having tasted success doing this, Tarla went on to write more than 100 cookbooks. Her cookbooks are still extremely popular today.


6) Gagan Anand

Based in Bangkok, Indian born Gagan Anand is the owner of the award-winning restaurant ‘Gaggan’. Gagan was the first Indian chef to win two Michelin stars for his restaurant. Gagan gives a modern twist to Indian cuisine through ‘molecular gastronomy’.

Molecular gastronomy is a scientific cooking technique that focuses on the physical and chemical transformations that ingredients undergo when they are used to cook food. This technique has three areas-social, artistic and technical.


7) Ritu Dalmia

Born in Kolkata, Ritu Dalmia specializes in Italian cuisine-she is the ‘undisputed diva of Italian cooking in India’.

Ritu owns ‘Diva,’ a chain of Italian restaurants in New Delhi, India. Ritu was the chef who designed the Italian-Indian fusion food menu for Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding that took place in Tuscany in December 2017.

Sources: BDC TV, Bombay House Magazine, Chef Kunal Kapoor, DNA India, Eazy Diner, Firstpost, Huffington Post India, India Foods Guide, India Post, India Today, Livemint, Mid-Day,, PeoTv,, Ruchi Shah, ScoopWhoop, Tarla Dalal, Times of India, The Better India, The Economic Times, Wikipedia, YouTube, ZEE5.

Riya Aggarwal




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