Meet the Jury

This year our jury consists of some of India’s finest food connoisseurs and consultants. They not only excel in identifying the very best recipes and culinary techniques but also understand the importance of food in relation to the culture of a region.

Seema Chandra

Seema Chandra
A journalist who delved into the food space way back when it wasn’t fashionable. From designing a food website over a decade ago to hosting food shows, from gathering recipes to reviewing restaurants across the globe, for her the sensory and the virtual are seamless. Seema shares her food, downloads techniques and trades her experiences.
Vinod Dua

Vinod Dua
If food were a literary journey into the lives of the common people, then Vinod Dua would be the author. It is his attention to detail and insightfulness that grab a viewer’s attention from the first bite. With vast experience in television and as a political commentator, Mr. Dua’s shows have a unique touch of realism and discovery.
Marut Sikka

Marut Sikka
Marut Sikka, food consultant par excellence is a food ambassador for India. He is credited for creating and serving the finest food to a select clientele that boasts of state guests such as President Obama, prime ministers of India, and the cream of Bollywood. If it is authentic India food and fusion cuisine that you seek, Marut Sikka is the man to consult.
Ritu Dalmia

Ritu Dalmia
If you have a hankering for Italian then it is Chef Ritu Dalmia who comes to mind. With the vast success of her Delhi restaurant and cafe Diva, Ritu has taken Indian audiences by storm and helped them appreciate the nuances of Italian cooking. She has a way with words that motivates her viewers to try some Italian Khana.
Vicky Ratnani

Vicky Ratnani
In the gastronomical circle Chef Vicky Ratnani is best known for Aurus in Mumbai and for his interesting menu on Good Times. His wicked wit and humour make simple every day cooking fun and exotic. What’s more, he will ‘Do it Sweet’ and make a gourmet out of you. With oodles of charm he could convince the carnivore in you to turn veg!
Aditya Bal

Aditya Bal
He is enthusiastic about food as he is about life; it is no wonder that Aditya Bal is like a breath of fresh air on Indian television. From teaching his ardent students how to cook, to discovering the myriad flavours that make Indian food so special, he does it all. He is as comfortable in his knowledge of the European cuisines as he is with the street food of India. So bring out the knives and forks, for this chef is ready for a taste!
Rocky Singh

Rocky Singh
Rocky Singh is 38 years old and married with two kids. After running a restaurant, gas distributorship, working with British Airways and finally heading a multinational as the CEO, Rocky retired in 2005. He is now an internationally certified consultant in HR and business process fields and is currently in Dubai as the GM for a corporate training organisation. Rocky is a wild life enthusiast and an ornithologist (bird-man), scuba dive master, single handicap golfer and traveler. His passion is food and traveling. His mantra “The difference between a wise man and a fool is that a wise man will learn, even from the fool.”
Mayur Sharma

Mayur Sharma
Mayur Sharma is based out of Delhi and the ‘out of Delhi’ is so true. He is an outdoor experiential educator and works with children and corporate clients in developing interpersonal relationships and productive group dynamics. An avid traveller Mayur has lived, worked, played, backpacked his way across over 60 countries in the past decade before returning home to the best food in the world. A keen sportsman he plays squash and enjoys rock climbing and high altitude trekking. Mayur has climbed Kilimanjaro and survived an unexpected swim in the Tsunami of 2004 but finds the adventures on the highways of India just as exciting.
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