Vikas Khanna

Little bit about him:-

  • Born November 14, 1971(born in Amritsar, India to Davinder and Bindu Khanna).
  • He was born with misaligned feet and wasn’t able to run until he was 13.
  • Graduated from the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration from Manipal in 1991.
  • Studied at Cornell University, Culinary Institute of America, and New York University.

He is;

  1. an award winning Michelin starred Indian chef
  2. restaurateur
  3. cookbook writer
  4. filmmaker
  5. humanitarian
  6. the judge of MasterChef India Season 2, 3, 4, 5 and Masterchef Junior based in New York City
  7. Sexiest Men Alive in 2011, People magazine named him (referred to him as “The Hottest Chef of America”)

He was;

  1. inspired by his grandmother who loved to cook, and her kitchen became a part of his foundational training
  2. developing recipes at a very young age
  3. opened Lawrence Gardens Banquets to host weddings and family functions when he was 17.

List of Restaurants and film series done by him:-

Holy Kitchens(film series);

  • explores the food sharing traditions in a spiritual context
  • The first film in the series True Business
  • based on the Sikh community kitchens, known as Langars

Other films in the Holy Kitchens series are based upon the food traditions of:

  1. Hinduism
  2. Islam,
  3. Buddhism,
  4. Christianity
  5. Zoroastrianism
  6. Judaism
  • Karma to Nirvana,the second installment in the Holy Kitchens documentary series premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival in the US, on May 7, 2011
  • In March 2012, “Moon of Eid”[17] the third film in the Holy Kitchens Series was released at Harvard University


  1. Started on Dec 2nd, 2010.
  2. In Flatiron district of Manhattan, New York.
  3. On March 29, 2011,Junoon received a favourable review from Sam Sifton in The New York Times.
  4. Awarded a Michelin star by the Michelin Guide for 6 consecutive years since 2011.
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