The Meal That Heals


2017 chefs

Maneet Chauhan

Chef Maneet Chauhan’s book “Flavors of My World,” best portrays her culinary approach—a deep pride in representing her Indian culinary heritage, as well as a love and panache of using spices in an elevated platform, while incorporating the culinary influences of her journeys and experiences. 

A recognized cookbook author, TV personality, active philanthropist and chef/owner of Chauhan Ale & Masala House in Nashville, Chef Chauhan is most recently known for her work on Food Network’s “Chopped” where she sits on the permanent panel of judges and is a James Beard Award for Excellence recipient. She has also competed on “Iron Chef” against Chef Morimoto as well as “The Next Iron Chef” competition.

As a Culinary Institute of America graduate, Chef Chauhan has worked in some of the finest hotels and restaurants in her home country of India and in America. As an Executive Chef she has worked in such successful ventures as Vermillion in Chicago and New York City where she won Best New Chef for her efforts.

In 2014, Chef Chauhan was invited to the White House by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the Easter Egg Roll Hunt. She is an invited member of Indiaspora - an organization with the top 100 influential Indian American's in the U.S., sits on the Board of Society of Fellows of Culinary Institute of America and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Chef Chauhan has been heavily lauded by the media in the U.S. and abroad including Bon Appetit, Wine Enthusiast, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post, Times of India, The Telegraph, Crain's Business, O- The Oprah Magazine, Fortune Small Business and many more. Her multiple TV appearances include ABC's “The View”, NBC’s “TODAY,” Lifetime Channel's “Designing Spaces”, and Fox News.

Chef Chauhan’s first venture into restaurant ownership, Chauhan Ale & Masala House, opened in October 2014 and is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. Chauhan Ale & Masala House is devoted to creating a unique dining experience in the bustling Nashville food scene. The menu is globally influenced Indian cuisine that highlights a number of aspects of the culinary scene not only in Mumbai or New Delhi, but Nashville as well, perfectly combining Indian cuisine with traditional Southern dishes.

In 2015, Chef Chauhan launched Mantra Artisan Ales with award-winning Brewmaster Derrick Morse. Located in Franklin, Tenn., the boutique craft beer brewery and taproom produces globally inspired, high-quality craft beers with daring flavor profiles ranging from a classic Belgian style amber to a unique Indian-inspired milk chai stout.

Locally, Chef Chauhan was the 2016 Event Chair for March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction and selected as one of The Nashville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list, as well as Nashville Lifestyles Women in Business, which honored local women who are at the top of their industry.

Chef Chauhan currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband and two children. She is committed to her new Southern home, forming Nashville-based Morph Hospitality Group in 2016. The group recently opened Tansuo, a contemporary Chinese restaurant, and is set to open The Mockingbird, an elevated diner concept this spring.

Chef Chauhan’s ongoing research, trials, travels and zest for experimentation keeps her at the forefront of cutting-edge cuisine. Her energy and creativity, combined with polished culinary skills and the courage to follow her passion, have proven to be the right ingredients for success.

Jesse Goldstein