Chef Vikas Khanna hopes battle with Barack Obama
For three months each year, Amritsar origin and based in New York Chef Vikas Khanna is in India, ending shooting schedules (which is a co-host and judge Masterchef India, currently airing on Star Plus), research on new projects and books and spend some time at home.
Surprisingly, he is aware cut in the last part. “From beeji went, my concept of home has changed. Home, for me, it was always where I was,” said a teary-eyed Khanna, which is clearly not one to shy away from emotions. His relationship with his grandmother, whom he credited for his culinary skills, was special and now public knowledge. In fact, their conversations are almost never complete without him talking about his love and pay your respect. “She was the one who told me that the power is here, in the mind and not on a roll as I thought as a child,” said Khanna, while driving to underprivileged children in the way they learned to roll roti in the Temple Dorado.
Khanna was in Chandigarh on Wednesday to congratulate the NGOs, Youth Technical Training Society, the prize “Nayi Soch” initiated by Star Plus. The NGO works with underprivileged children in the city.
The current season of Masterchef India has a definite flavor “aam aadmi” with its mix of contestants and their stories aspirational and Khanna is very proud of that. “The common man will never cease to amaze.’m Waiting for the day an Indian has three Michelin stars,” said the chef, who has a record of getting Michelin starred soon after he opened his restaurant Junoon in Manhattan a few years ago.
When it comes to inspiring stories, Khanna likes to share his. “From the sale of Rs 20 a plate in Amritsar, I managed to sell a meal for Rs 20 lakh last year,” said Khanna, who brought together a fundraiser for U.S. President Barack Obama. It was post if Obama suggested a cook-off between him and Khanna. “The U.S. president is known to rustle up delicious curry and dal keema he learned from his roommate at Harvard (University). I told him I was ready for the challenge,” said the 41-year-old. With Michelle Obama interested in seeing the President in the kitchen, Khanna says the cook-off is on the table.
Interestingly, the menu for Obama fundraiser was selected next book from Khanna’s return to the rivers that have been approved by the Dalai Lama. “I wanted to explore the cuisine of the regions rivers originating in the Himalayas play on,” said the chef, who traveled through Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet, northern India, Myanmar, western China, and Pakistan to the book to hit the shelves later this year.
“It took me three months to research, but my book is even more ambitious than I’ve researched for seven years. This is a book that I have worked with my grandmother and I think there is nothing more special to a child recipes his mother’s kitchen, “said Khanna.