Ranveer Brar

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Ranveer Brar
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Chef Ranveer Brar
Born (1978-02-08) 8 February 1978 (age 43)
EducationInstitute of Hotel Management, Lucknow
OccupationChef, television host

Ranveer Brar (born 8 February 1978) is an Indian celebrity chef, Television & digital celebrity,[1] Masterchef India judge, author, restaurateur, food film producer and benefactor. He has set up restaurants in India and abroad and curated the menu of many more.[2][3][4]

He began his television journey with Breakfast Xpress, followed by Snack Attack,[5] Homemade and a travel-based food exploration show - The Great Indian Rasoi[6]

He went on to do more shows like - Health Bhi Taste Bhi, Ranveer's Cafe which invited upcoming and established musical artists, who were united in their love for food [7] and many more.

He was also one of the judges for seasons four & six of MasterChef India,[8] which is based on the British competitive cooking game show, MasterChef, alongside fellow chefs Sanjeev Kapoor (Season 4),[8] Vikas Khanna (both seasons) & Vineet Bhatia (Season 6) .[9]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Lucknow, India, into a Sikh[10] family to Ishwar Singh and Surinder Kaur, Brar was inspired by the local Kebab vendors in Lucknow at a young age which led him to pursue his love for food.

His passion to learn the art led him to volunteer as an apprentice to one of them, Munir Ustad.[11] Though his family initially resisted, they finally gave in leading Brar to join Institute of Hotel Management, Lucknow, for a more formal initiation into the culinary world.

Career (restaurants and associations)[edit]

After completing his education at IHM, Brar began his career at the Taj Mahal Hotel.[12] In 2001, at Fort Aguada Beach Resort in Goa, he opened "Morisco" a seafood restaurant, "il Camino" an Italian restaurant and "Fishtail" a small open air barbeque eatery.[13] Back in Delhi in 2003, he was part of the newly opened Radisson Blu Hotel, Noida. He also became the youngest executive chef of his time in the country at the age of 25.[14]

He then left for Boston, Massachusetts, United States, where he opened "Banq", a fine Franco-Asian restaurant.[15][16] Banq won numerous awards including the Best New Restaurant in the World by the magazine "Wallpaper".[17]

Following this, he was appointed Corporate Chef for the One World Hospitality Group, one of the oldest restaurant groups in Boston.[18][19] Back in India, he joined Novotel, Juhu Beach, Mumbai, as the Senior Executive Chef.

Designed and created an exclusive menu for the MTV India chain of restaurants, launched by Viacom 18 consumer products wing. FLYP @ MTV, the first restaurant opened in Delhi in mid-December 2015[20][21] with the next launch in Chandigarh.[22] and the third instalment in Mumbai fall of 2017[23][24]

Created and launched an 'artisan' line of meal kits in association with Haute Chef in December 2015.[25][26]

Launched a premium patisserie called English Vinglish in Mumbai in spring 2016 featuring fusion Indian desserts, breads and bakes.[27][28]

Opened an all-vegetarian fine-dining restaurant in Mumbai in Dec 2016 called TAG Gourmart Kitchen by Ranveer Brar.[29][30]

Opened a restaurant called Mayura in GTA, Canada in 2017.[31]

Was responsible for the F&B conceptualisation for the restaurants at the heritage property Alila at Bishangarh by Alila Hotels and Resorts[32][33]

Associated with Royal Caribbean International for curating gourmet Indian food on two of their cruise liners on their Singapore sailings.[34]

Associated with Thomas Cook India for curating the menu for niche Indian travellers travelling abroad.[35][36]

Associated with Mercedes-Benz India via the Ranveer Brar Culinary Academy, hosting cooking workshops and demos pan India, as part of the former's Luxe Drive Live campaign.[37][38]

Television & Digital Shows[edit]

Zee Khana Khazana / Living Foodz / Zee Zest

He has hosted various cookery shows on Zee Zest (formerly known as Zee Khana Khazana Channel and Living Foodz):

  • Breakfast Xpress & Snack Attack[39]
  • The Great Indian Rasoi Seasons 1 & 2[40][41]
  • Homemade [42]
  • Health Bhi Taste Bhi[43][44]
  • Ranveer's Cafe[45]
  • Food Tripping along with Chef Gautam Mehrishi.[46][47]
  • Global Menu[48]
  • Northern Flavours - Meethi Masti[49][50]
  • Station Master's Tiffin - In October 2018, he hosted a unique travel and food show based on Indian Railways for Living Foodz[51]
  • Himalayas the Offbeat Adventure - In 2019, he hosted this landmark travel show covering lesser known places, tribes and cuisines across the Himalayas [52]

Thank God Its Fryday - Zoom (Indian TV channel)

Brar has hosted Seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Thank God Its Fryday in association with Philips India on Zoom (TV channel), where he visited iconic eateries across India and recreated his own versions of their famous dishes in the Philips Airfryer [53][54][55]

Masterchef India

He was a judge on MasterChef India along with chefs Sanjeev Kapoor and Vikas Khanna for Season 4[8] and Season 6 [56] with chefs Vineet Bhatia and Vikas Khanna

Sony BBC Earth

In the summer of 2018, he curated and presented Secrets Behind Food for Sony BBC Earth comprising three shows: Supermarket Secrets, Food Factory Supersized and Food Detectives.[57][58]

Raja Rasoi Aur Andaaz Anokha - Epic TV

Hosted 2 seasons of a back to roots and explorative food show for Epic TV titled Raja Rasoi Aur Andaaz Anokha which saw him recreating food history and traditional recipes from across Indian regions set in an idyllic bungalow complete with traditional cooking implements [59][60]

Colors TV

Featured as a Judge in a cooking based reality show on Colors TV (Viacom 18) called Rasoi ki Jung Mummyon ke Sung in November 2017.[61]

Ranveer On The Road - Digital Series

Launched a new mini-video series on Twitter titled Ranveer On The Road, in July 2016, covering his culinary sojourn through Australia,[62][63] Seychelles,[64][65] Turkey and Thailand.

Maa ki Baat - Digital Series

Hosted a successful digital series on his social media channels titled Maa ki Baat[66][67] He also has over 3.36 million subscribers on his personal YouTube Channel.[68]

Home Made Love - Digital Series, TLC

Hosted a similar digital series presenting festival special recipes from homemakers across different cuisines for TLC (TV network) India YouTube channel [69]

You Got Chef'd - Digital Series, Gobble

Co-hosted Seasons 2 & 3 of You Got Chef'd by Gobble in association with Dewar's along with John Dewar's sons India brand ambassador Greg Benson. The show brings together celebs from the digital & reel world in a fun format, wherein they are challenged by Brar and Greg to complete 'tasks' to earn points and get Chefd [70][71][72]


Launched his first book titled Come Into My Kitchen in summer 2016, an auto biography covering his journey from the streets of Lucknow, through Boston to Mumbai and his culinary adventures and memories en route.[73]

This was followed by a second book titled A Traditional Twist in association with Bertolli India, showcasing a myriad of recipes, both Indian and Global[74]

Mobile App[edit]

Launched his own mobile app at the beginning of 2019, in collaboration with Hungama Digital Media which is a near exhaustive repository of all his recipes, presented in Text and visual formats.[75][76]

Awards, associations and recognition[edit]

  • Honorary member at the James Beard Foundation.[77][78]
  • Received recognition for his contribution to various cuisines by several institutions such as AIWF, AICA, as also the Mayor of Boston. In addition he has also represented India at the WPF.[79]
  • Featured among the top 50 chefs in the Indian Culinary Forum book.[79]
  • Handled banquets at the Rashtrapati Bhawan and at the Prime Minister's residence, plus he cooked for several Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, both in the US and India.[14]
  • Featured in the book Celebrated Chefs of India by Marryam H Reshii.[79][80]
  • Appointed Brand Ambassador for SunGold Kiwifruit in India marketed by Zespri International - June 2015[81]
  • Appointed Brand Ambassador for Assocom Institute of Technology and Management(AIBTM) -June 2015.[82][83]
  • Appointed first-ever Brand Ambassador for Philips India Kitchen Appliances - July 2015.[84]
  • Appointed Brand Ambassador for Go Cheese India (Oct 2015).[85]
  • First Indian Brand Ambassador for Italy's Bertolli Olive oil.[86]
  • Appointed 'Brand Friend' for Swiss Army Knives pioneer Victorinox.[87]
  • Appointed 'Brand Friend' for one of the leading exporters of sea food, Gadre Marine Export Pvt Ltd.[88][89]
  • Awarded 'Indian of the Year' for Chef and TV Host of the year 2017.[90]
  • Awarded LFEGA ‘Food Entertainer of the Year’ for 2018.[91][92]
  • Received an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Food and Beverage Industry 2021 from Food Connoisseurs India Convention [93]


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