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Jehangir Mehta (born July 9, 1971 in Mumbai, India) is the executive chef and owner of New York City restaurants Graffiti, Me and You and Mehtaphor. He is also the author of the 2008 HarperCollins cookbook "Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence," offers a cooking class at his restaurant for children 4-14 called "Candy Camp" designed to build interest in more diverse foods, hosts exclusive in-home dinner parties and runs an event planning company.
Jehangir Mehta was born on July 9, 1971 to Petras and Kolly Mehta in Mumbai, India where he was raised. He is Parsi. After moving to the United States, he met and married his wife, Hinata Jambuserwala. They currently live in New York City where they are raising twins.
Jehangir holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Mumbai, which he pursued while also attending the Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition in Mumbai, India. Jehangir then moved to the United States to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York and graduated from there in 1995.
After graduating from culinary school in 1996, Jehangir began his career at L'Absinthe in New York City. From there, he moved on to Typhoon Brewery where he worked as the pastry chef to James Chew, formerly of Vong fame.
Jehangir’s next move was to Jean Georges. In 1998, Jean Georges Vongerichten selected him to open his new restaurant, Mercer Kitchen, quickly to become one of the hottest destinations in New York City.
In 1999 he moved on to work with Rocco DiSpirito at Union Pacific, and in 2001 joined Didier Virot, who had left Jean Georges to open the highly acclaimed although short-lived restaurant Virot. Jehangir’s next move was to Compass, where he became known for unorthodox but creative and intellectually driven desserts.
In 2002, Jehangir teamed up with Didier Virot as the pastry chef at Aix, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he received acclaimed reviews for his pastry creations, while also consulting with Patricia Lo at Sapa and Michael Symon at Parea.
In 2007 Jehangir opened his first restaurant, Graffiti, where he is currently the executive chef and owner.
In 2008, he authored his first cookbook, “Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence” which was published by HarperCollins.
In 2010 Jehangir opened his second restaurant, Mehtaphor, in TriBeCa.
Television and media coverage
- In August 2009, Jehangir appeared on Iron Chef America, where he lost to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in Battle Coconut by only 2 points.
- Beginning on October 4, 2009, Jehangir was a contestant on the new season of the reality show The Next Iron Chef. Jehangir finished second, losing in the final episode, telecast on November 22, to Jose Garces.
- In Fall/Winter 2012, Mehta completed in the 5th season of "The next iron Chef." He was eliminated in the 6th episode.
Other television appearances
- In January 2009 Jehangir and Graffiti were featured on the Martha Stewart Show
- In September 2009, Graffiti's beet ice cream was featured on The Dr. Oz Show as a food for preventing kidney stones.
- Jehangir, and his restaurant Graffiti, have been featured on ABC, Fox News, NBC, Martha Stewart, and NY1 LXTV.
- In December 2011, Jehangir featured on the show MasterChef India (season 2)
Jehangir has been featured in numerous publications in the United States, including Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Vogue, The New York Times, New York, Time Out, Gotham, Daily News, New York Post. He has also been written up on various blogs including DailyCandy, Strong Buzz, Restaurant News, Grubb Street
In 2008, Jehangir published his first cookbook:
Mehta debuted his do-it-yourself cooking web show, J Walk, in November 2009.
- Timeout: Best Pastry Chef run restaurant in 2008
- "The Buzz "J Walks" With Next Iron Chef Finalist". Zagat.com. November 16, 2009.