“Kebab King” – The Telegraph, Kolkata

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Kebab king

Manish Gujral, scion of the Moti Mahal group of restaurants in Delhi, does his bit for Indian food not only in his eateries. He’s also a masterful cookbook writer. His first book, On the Butter Chicken Trail, won the best easy recipe book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2009-10. Now Gujral has a second cookbook in his kitty — On the Kabab Trail — and this one’s competing for the title of the best cookbook in the foreign recipe section at the 2014 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards to be held in Beijing. And in case you didn’t know it, this award is quite a prestigious one for cookbook writers, judged among others by Edouard Cointreau, who hails from the family famous for the liqueur Cointreau. Clearly, a toast to Manish Gujral may be in order. Provided he wins, of course.

First chef from India to be invited to Le cordon Bleu to demonstrate in Paris. Monish is credited with the trailblazing turn-around of Moti Mahal, from being a small but iconic presence in Delhi, to becoming a multi-national corporation that is well on its way to defining how the world eats Indian food. A traditionalist, Monish has remained true to the signature dishes that made Moti Mahal a legend, while reinventing the dining experience into one that is exciting and avant garde to suit modern sensibilities.

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