August 7, 2012 8:13:29 am
Homecomings are always special. Even though New York-based chef Vikas Khanna grew up in Amritsar,he holds warm memories of Chandigarh. Khanna started his own catering business,Lawrence Gardens,at the age of 17,in Amritsar. Having studied at the Culinary Institute of America,Cornell University,and the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu,hes now the executive chef of the acclaimed Junoon restaurant,a multi-million dollar project in New York. Visiting Punjab after many years,Khanna was a celebrity guest in the city over the weekend. He first visited the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management (CIHM) in Sector 42 where he interacted with budding chefs. Khanna,who was last seen judging and playing host of the second edition of Master Chef India,spoke about his culinary journey this far. He even took a tour of the Institute and in his down-to-earth style joined the ladies cleaning rice for the midday meal at the venue. The secret to good food,as I tell women often,is that it should be kept as simple as possible, remarked Khanna who is now penning his next book Khanasutra. The book is based on the relationship between food,art and soul and will be out next year.
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