India-Born Vikas Khanna To Cook At White House
American President Barack Obama is obsessed with a lot of things Indian, one of which is the Indian spiritual food. Celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna has been invited by the White House to rustle up a spiritual meal at the upcoming Hindu American Seva Conference, to be held at the White House on July 29, 2011.
The multi-talented chef will be cooking a simple, spiritual fare, consisting of “Vada Pao”, “Dry Yellow Dahl”, “Aloo Tamatar”, “Tawa Roti” and “Seviyan”, the last one being the dessert to round off the spiritual meal.
Khanna, who dabbles in a lot of activities ranging from cooking, writing, film making to working for humanitarian causes, will be cooking the usual temple fare at the White House dinner. While talking to media after the announcement, Khanna said, “It is a great honor for my family, my city and my motherland India.”
Growing up in the holy city of Amritsar, Punjab in India, Chef Khanna began catering on his own at the age of 17. After graduating from the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration and training at reputed hotel chains like the Taj, the Oberoi and the Leela, Khanna went on to study at the Culinary Institute of America and the Le Cordon Bleu.
Khanna’s favourite food is that which is served at a langar, which means free kitchen in Punjabi language and is served throughout the year at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. To learn more about this debonair chef, click here.
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