Michelin starred chef
Rohit Ghai has become one of the most in-demand chefs in the culinary world after a hugely successful decade on the London restaurant scene. Chef Ghai’s precise cooking techniques and innovative dishes have won him a Michelin star in a record-breaking ten months, as well as praise from celebrities, dignitaries and some of the nation’s most discerning food critics.
Originally from Punjab in the north of India, Rohit attributes his love of cooking - to his mother, who would prepare simple yet expertly balanced dishes at home. This spurred him on to make food his profession, enrolling at the Institute of Hotel Management in New Delhi to become a chef.
In India, many of the country’s best restaurants are housed in grand hotels, which is where Rohit honed his skills and began to get acquainted with the many different regional cuisines found throughout the country. This included stints at both Taj Hotels and Resorts and Oberoi Hotels – two of the most esteemed groups in India.
After moving to the UK, Rohit worked and headed kitchens at some of London’s leading Indian restaurants such as Benares, Trishna, Gymkhana, Hoppers and most recently Jamavar and Bombay Bustle. Just ten months after opening Jamavar, Rohit became the first Indian chef in the world to win a Michelin star within a year. Rohit’s success has earned him a reputation for running high profile critically acclaimed kitchens.
Rarah Keema is very popular lamb dish in Punjab, North India created by Rohit Ghai at Chefs for Foodies. It’s a combination of mince and chunks cooked along with whole and powdered spices.
Partnering up with Abhishake Sangwan, the duo opened restaurant Kutir to offer a slightly different take on London’s high-end Indian food offering. Housed in a small townhouse in the centre of Chelsea with sixty-five covers, Kutir gives Rohit the chance to properly show off his culinary prowess.
Taking inspiration from all the different regional Indian cuisines he experienced when working at the big hotel groups, his menus make the most of seasonal British produce – particularly game when in season – and shine a spotlight on lesser-known traditional Indian dishes.
In addition to Kutir, Michelin-starred Rohit Ghai restaurants include Manthan, London, IKSHA360, Doha and Koolcha, a street food business at Boxpark Wembley. Rohit Ghai’s presentation is bright and colourful, and his expertise at balancing freshly toasted and ground spices is prevalent in every dish; we are extremely honoured to have him as one of our top chefs here at Chefs for Foodies.
Chef Rohit Ghai says the potatoes and cauliflower in his Sarson Prawns with Achari Tandoori Aloo & Gobhi BBQ Kit are humble ingredients that can be carriers of intense, explosive flavours.
In 2017, Rohit appeared at World Food India, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as one of an elite group of chefs who have made their country proud. Rohit was invited to represent the UK's Indian food scene at Mumbai's World Gourmet Festival in 2019. He’s also a regular on the food television circuit, with appearances on MasterChef and Zee TV.
Rohit Ghai’s new book Tarkari, meaning ‘vegetable’ in Urdu, celebrates this diverse heritage. The recipes – every one of them either vegan or vegetarian – are homely and personal offerings of those found on his restaurant menus. All of them showcase the four key elements that are his trademark – flavour, texture, look, and aroma.
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