Chef Manisha Bhasin
She is currently holding the position of Vice Chairman for World Chefs Committee of Education at WACS (World Association of Chefs' Societies) and is president of Chefs Guild of India , Board member of IFCA (Indian Federation of Chefs' Societies). She is also the Board Member at Cuisine Indian Society, an initiative by Incredible India, Government of India.
Chef Manisha is presently the Head, Northern Indian Chapter of the youth wing of IFCA and President IFCA, Women's Forum. Chef Manisha was awarded National Award for Best Chef by the Govt. of India. She is the winner of National Tourism Award 2006-2007 for The Best Lady Chef of the year.
Chef Manisha is a nationally and internationally recognised culinary innovator with diverse cuisines under her belt. Known for spearheading her work with the local farmers and encouraging them to grow local produce inherent to Indian terroir, she has made her passion for local produce evolve to fine dining concepts.
Her work on Dehlnavi - the food of Delhi - which was evolved with the influence of conflux of communities, has found many innovations on the plates. Her award winning restaurants, Bukhara and Dum Pukht, are leaders in Indian cuisine the world over.
Pioneer of many concepts like Food Sherpa and INDIgenous Foods, she is a committed advocate for using local seasonal produces which reflects on the cuisine served at ITC Hotels. She developed unique organic locavore ingredients with international flavour for Ms. Hillary Clinton when she visited India in 2011; showcasing the commitment to the environment.
Chef Manisha has developed food safety modules in vernacular language, which can be easily understood by personnel at the grass roots level, thus empowering them with the knowledge to create a safe work and home environment.
She endeavours to keep the flavours intact in the food by keeping in line with the traditional preparations and originality of cuisine, and at the same time, she creates new combinations and experiments with food without compromising on the food legacy.
She believes that one has to be passionate about cooking to be a successful Chef. Chef Manisha has hosted leading dignitaries like the President of the United States, Mr. Barrack Obama twice, and other Heads of States like the Emperor of Japan, Mr. Putin, Mr. John Major, PM of Singapore. She has also hosted other globally renowned personalities like Bill Gates, Roger Federer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name a few.