Celebrity Chef, Vikas Khanna is a culinary God, and there is no denying that! It is also almost overwhelming how the three-time Michelin Star awardee is so many things at the same time; a chef, a restaurateur, an author and lately, the hottest Masterchef of India. Like that wasn’t enough, India’s favourite chef is too humble for a face like that!
1 Michelin Star
Vikas Khanna started his first restaurant, Junoon, in New York City on December 2, 2010. Junoon was one of the first Indian restaurants of the world to be awarded a star by the Michelin Guide.
2 Collaborating with Gordon Ramsay
Khanna first met Gordon Ramsay in 2007. Since then, Ramsay made sure to include Khanna in his television shows as a representative of Indian cuisine. Ramsay went on to write the foreward for Khanna's book, Flavours First. Khanna also collaborated with Ramsay during the formation months of MasterChef America and Gordon Ramsay's Great Escape.
3 Cooking for the Obamas at the White House
It is a rare honour to get to cook for the President of a country, and Khanna has had this honour not once, but twice. Yes, he got to cook for Barack and Michelle Obama, at the White House, twice.
Khanna had been invited to a number of White House events during Obama's presidential terms.
4 Guest judge on MasterChef Australia
Of all the versions of MasterChef across the globe, MasterChef Australia is clearly the most popular one. Khanna appeared as a guest judge on the show during Season Six, where he brought one of his most difficult dishes to test the contestants.
5 First chef to launch a book at Cannes
In 2015, he became the first chef to launch a book at Cannes. His book, Utsav: A Culinary Epic of Indian Festivals, actually deserved such an honour. In 2016, he released his directorial debut, a documentary called Kitchens of Gratitude, at the renowned film fest. This year, Khanna's biographical documentary, Buried Seeds, was screened at Cannes.
6 Ranked as one of the 10 Iconic Chefs of the world
Khanna ranked number six in a list that focused on the most iconic chefs of the world.
These aren't Khanna's only achievements over the years, but they are outstanding because of their international appeal and the glory it brought to India.
7 Gifting Utsav to the world's greatest
Being the most expensive cookbook in the world, Khanna chose very carefully which global personalities to gift the 12 copies to.
From Indian PM Narendra Modi to ex-US President Barack Obama, from the Dalai Lama to Pope Francis, Khanna has gifted copies of Utsav to the most eminent political and religious leaders of the world.
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