Chef Vikas Khanna
Vikas Khanna is an award winning, Michelin Starred Indian chef, restaurateur, food writer, filmmaker, humanitarian and the host of the TV Show MasterChef India. He is based in New York City.
Vikas Khanna was raised in Amritsar, India where he grew up surrounded by large family feasts, the seasonal produce fresh from the fields of Punjab, and of course, his Grandmother’s traditional home cooking. It was at his grandmother’s side that he began to learn the intricacies of Indian cuisine.
He started his own banquet and catering business, Lawrence Gardens, at the age of 17.
During his graduation from the prestigious Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Vikas went on to train under renowned chefs of Taj Group of Hotels, Oberois, Leela Group, and many more.
He has studied at the Culinary Institute of America, Cornell University and New York University and the prestigeous Le Cordon Bleu, Paris.
He has worked with some of the most honored chefs in the world in New York. He has received glowing reviews from the press, his gastronomic peers, and also recognition from the James Beard Foundation.
He has authored several books, including “The Spice Story of India” and “Modern Indian Cooking”. His next book, “Flavors First”, published in 2011 by Lake Isle Press.
In 2012, Vikas's cookbook "Flavors First" won the Benjamin Franklin Award.
In 2013, his cookbooks - Savor Mumbai, My Great India and Khanna Sutra won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
In 2014, his cookbookReturn to the Rivers - Recipes and Memories of the Himalayas -, with a foreword by His Holiness The Dalai Lama was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award.
His upcoming cookbooks include "Hymns from the Soil - A Vegetarian Saga" by Bloomsbury India. more >
He is the founder of Cooking for Life and SAKIV Organizations which hosts gastronomic events around the world in support of different relief efforts and awareness issues. more >
The documentary series Holy Kitchens was released in September 2010 at Sikh Internatinal Film Festival; based on his journey to discover the spiritual foods that give us shared identity. The first part of the series is based on Sikhism (True Business)
Vikas was awarded a Michelin Star for his restaurant Junoon byMichelin Guide.
In 2011, Vikas was honored with the Rising Star Chef Award by Star Chefs for his role in shaping the future of American Cuisine.
On March 29, 2011, Vikas received a raving review from Sam Sifton in The New York Times.
Vikas was also voted "New York's Hottest Chef" in a poll conducted by Eater.
Hi-Blitz Magazine named Vikas in their 50 Most Beautiful List and People Magazine named him in the list of "Sexiest Man Alive"
On July 29, 2011, Vikas hosted dinner for the Hindu American Seva Charities Conference held at the White House organized by Anju Bhargava, who is a member of President Barack Obama's Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnership.
Vikas was featured in the Top Sexy and Successful list of Anokhi Magazine in their 5th Anniversary Issue. Metro New York featured Khanna as Hottest Chef Around.
Khanna has received several awards, including the "Access to Freedom Award" in 2005 from SATH, previously awarded to George W. Bush and HRH Prince Charles, and The Shining Star Award from Just One Break, Inc. previously received by Christopher Reeve and Ray Charles.
He has also received a proclamation from the Council of the City of New York for his outstanding contribution to the city, and was chosen New Yorker of the Week by NY1. more >
In September 2007, Vikas Khanna was featured as the consultant chef on the Gordon Ramsay TV show Kitchen Nightmares on Fox. On October 13, 2009, Khanna appeared as a judge and Indian-cuisine specialist on the two-part season finale of Hell's Kitchen.
On June 23, 2010, Khanna appeared on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay as a judge. Vikas Khanna was guest chef in the episode "The India Show" on The Martha Stewart Show telecast on March 4, 2011.
Vikas is the host and judge of the Tv shows MasterChef India, and Junior MasterChef India on Star Plus. He also hosts the travel show Twist of Taste on Fox Traveller.