Vikas Khanna is a very famous Indian Chef, Philanthropist, Restaurateur, Writer & Author. He has gained huge popularity in the field of Indian cooking industry. Vikas Khanna was one of the judges of the Star Plus series MasterChef India. His grandmother was also a very good cook and very inspired him. Vikas Khanna is also a cooking writer.
Vikas Khanna was born in a Hindu family on 14 November 1971 in Amritsar, India. His father’s name is late Davinder and his mother’s name is Bindu Khanna. Vikas has a younger sister Radhika Khanna and an elder brother Nishant Khanna.
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Vikas Khanna was a very intelligent student at school time. He did his schooling at a private school in Amritsar. He did graduation from WelcomeGroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipur, India in Hospitality Management. Khanna continued his studies under many well-known chefs in India and foreign. Khanna completed his training at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. Vikas also studied at Cornell, New York University, and the Culinary Institute of America.
Vikas Khanna was born with misaligned feet and wasn’t able to run until he was 13. He was inspired by his mentor Sagar Rajani who loved to cook, and his kitchen became a part of his foundational training. At a very young age, he has started making recipes, and when he was 17, he opened Lawrence Gardens Banquets to host weddings and family functions.
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Vikas Khanna also worked for some famous Indian Hotel groups including Taj Hotels, Welcome Group, Oberoi Group, and Leela Group of Hotels. Khanna had worked at Salaam Bombay and therefore the Café at the Rubin Museum of Art in NY before he joined Junoon, a rich Indian restaurant within the Flatiron district of Manhattan. Junoon received a positive review from Sam Sifton within the NY Times in its inaugural year and has been awarded a Michelin star by the Michelin Guide for six consecutive years since 2011.
He has also worked with a number of the foremost influential and award-winning chefs of the planet like Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, Bobby Flay, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Khanna has composed a documentary series named Holy Kitchens, which explores the link between faith and food. The series has been showcased at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and Oxford Universities and Film Festivals. His documentary “Kitchens of Gratitude” was highlighted at Marche du Film at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
His directorial debut “The Last Color” is a film about the daily struggles for survival on the paths of the ancient city of Banaras, India. The teaser of the film featuring veteran Indian actress Neena Gupta was released at the 71 Cannes Film Festival. The film got the rank in the final list of Oscar Nomination for Best Film in 2019.
Vikas Khanna started the organization “South Asian Kid’s Infinite Vision” (SAKIV) to focus on global issues that demand urgent action such as Tsunami Relief, Hurricanes of the Gulf Coast, Haiti. In collaboration with charitable foundations, such as Save the Children, the foundation has hosted many events global- from The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt to the Taj Mahal in India.
“Cooking for Life” founded by Khanna in 2001 in New York along with the world’s top chefs supports several social causes. The vision of Palate is his award-winning workshop developed to educate people with visual disabilities about the sense of taste, flavor, and aromas.
On 14 May 2012, Vikas Khanna cooked for a fundraiser hosted for President Obama at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Vikas is the goodwill ambassador for Smile Foundation and supports the cause of starvation in India. He has pledged to raise 1 million US dollars for the same.
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- Inspired by his brother, Vikas first decided to take up Engineering, but later dropped the idea owing to his poor mathematical skills.
- Initially, he struggled to make a mark in the US. Despite working as a waiter and obtaining the required knowledge, the chances to enter the kitchen were looking bleak for him. At one point, he had made his mind to return to India but stars had something else in store for him. In an interview, while explaining this, he said that he had heard someone talking about a requirement of 300 portions of any appetizer. Responding to the requirement, he cooked and took the Gujarati dish, Dhokla, to the specified address of a restaurant. The owner of the place was so impressed by him, that he was instantly offered the post of executive chef at the Salaam Bombay Restaurant, New York.
- Khanna has also co-hosted 3 back-to-back seasons of Master Chef India from 2nd to 4th season.
- Vikas once denied a role offered by Director Karan Johar, stating that the culinary field will always be his first priority.
- Khanna has listed in the Sexiest Man Alive list of the People’s Magazine. Also, in 2011, the New York Eater blog voted him as New York’s hottest chef.
- Vikas Khanna has authored several books like The Spice Story of India, Flavors First, Modern India Cooking, Utsav, etc.
Well it’s surprising that he’s Indian and not married (because it’s a big deal in this country to be married) but he, fortunately, is a resident of the US where it’s a liberal culture and you can live as per your choice, so maybe it’s his choice to stay single or maybe he might be in the closet.
The best thing about chef Vikas Khanna is humility and grounded nature. Being a professional photographer I met so many celebrities. trust me, he stands apart from that category. He is so humble, pleasing, and beautiful human being inside out. The icing on the cake is an unconditionally loving relationship with his mother. At this age, it’s so amusing to see a man, who is an icon at an international stage behaving like a 4-year-old when he talks about his mother. That’s what makes him so wanted and loveable. I was fortunate enough to meet him not just once but twice.
His restaurant Junoon has been awarded a Michelin star by the Michelin Guide for 6 consecutive years since 2011.
Yes, he helped a lot and has achieved a milestone. He has distributed 9 million meals In more cities might be around 130 with the help of the national disaster relief force. Great human.