Vikas Khanna’s Transformative Story: From Homeless Immigrant to Michelin Star Chef
Vikas Khanna has already earned a Michelin star, been voted “New York’s hottest chef”, "10 Legendary chefs of all time who have revolutionized our eating habits by Deutsche Welle" and produced a 1,200-page masterpiece book "UTSAV" capturing heritage, festivals and cuisine of Indian — hand-painted, gold-gilded copies of which have been presented to the likes of Barack Obama, Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, and Queen Elizabeth II. Soon the Indian-born celebrity chef’s inspiring personal journey — from a child with club foot in Amritsar to a penniless American immigrant to a successful Manhattan restaurateur — will come to the big screen. “Buried Seeds,” directed by Andrei Severny and based on the book of the same name. Asia Society is pleased to welcome Khanna - known to many as “India’s favorite chef,” and known to us as a member of our “Asia 21” Young Leaders network – to our New York stage, to discuss his unique recipe for the American Dream, and much more. Speakers Vikas Khanna is an award winning, Michelin Starred Indian chef, restaurateur, food writer, filmmaker, humanitarian and the host of the TV Show MasterChef India. He is based in New York City. Vikas Khanna was raised in Amritsar, India where he grew up surrounded by large family feasts, the seasonal produce fresh from the fields of Punjab, and of course, his Grandmother’s traditional home cooking. It was at his grandmother’s side that he began to learn the intricacies of Indian cuisine. He started his own banquet and catering business, Lawrence Gardens, at the age of 17.