World Chefs: Bhatia brings modern touch to Indian cuisine

Tue Jul 3, 2012 8:28am EDT
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By Emily O'Donnell

LONDON (Reuters) - The cuisine of Vineet Bhatia can't be found in any late-night curry stand on the streets of London. The Michelin starred chef is known around the world for updating traditional Indian food while maintaining its flavors.

Although Bhatia started his culinary career with Oberoi Hotel group in India, he left for London in the early 1990s in search of a place where he could develop his own ideas.

Bhatia has since become renowned, especially in Britain, for revolutionizing south Asian fare. With a focus on simple ingredients artfully presented, Bhatia's name is attached to 12 restaurants around the world in luxury hotspots such as Mauritius and Dubai.

Most recently, Bhatia is working to expand his restaurant brand, "Rasoi," which means "kitchen" in Hindi. His work with Rasoi in London and Geneva has earned Bhatia two Michelin stars.

Reuters caught up with the UK-based chef in between trips to his hometown of Mumbai to talk about some misconceptions about Indian food.

Q: What was your favorite dish growing up?

A: "I always had good food at home. There wasn't a dish I liked more than any other because they were all cooked with a lot of love and care. It was quite simple food - nothing extravagant - but it was cooked passionately. That's true of Indian culture in general."

Q: Why did you come to London?   Continued...