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Gaurav Anand

Biography

“I arrived in New York City five years ago with two suitcases and a lot of dreams,” says Gaurav Anand, “Dreams of expanding my culinary empire and giving people in this city a taste of something fresh and exciting in terms of Indian cuisine.”

Not formally trained as a chef, Anand learned by watching chefs and recreating their recipes. He would stand in the kitchen for hours as the chefs cooked, picking up techniques and forming the basis for his own style. A spark was ignited on his first trip to New York City to... READ MORE

“I arrived in New York City five years ago with two suitcases and a lot of dreams,” says Gaurav Anand, “Dreams of expanding my culinary empire and giving people in this city a taste of something fresh and exciting in terms of Indian cuisine.”

Not formally trained as a chef, Anand learned by watching chefs and recreating their recipes. He would stand in the kitchen for hours as the chefs cooked, picking up techniques and forming the basis for his own style. A spark was ignited on his first trip to New York City to visit his then girlfriend, now wife, in 2006. He realized that New York was the place to build his career in as it was the epicenter of a multi-cultural hotpot, a city that had numerous Indian restaurants but nothing that would set them apart in a way that he had envisioned.

Today, he owns three restaurants: Bhatti Indian Grill, soon to celebrate its 10th anniversary; Moti Mahal Delux, which was awarded two stars from The New York Times; and Awadh, showcasing a unique dum pukht cooking style common in the city of Lucknow.

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