The Birth of Diva Kitsch

Ritu Dalmia, the feisty lady behind the Diva brand in Delhi, turned 40 a few months ago. Besides the frenetic juggling that she does, between writing cookbooks, managing a fine-dining Italian restaurant and five cafes across Delhi, catering for top parties in Delhi, Mumbai, Thailand and Italy travelling across the globe like a restless ghost…

The Qureshi Clan ~ From the Archives

The rise of North India’s first family of food can be traced to one man alone: master chef Imtiaz Qureshi of Dum Pukht, the signature restaurant at Maurya Sheraton Hotel and Towers in New Delhi. Chef Imtiaz started his career in the family’s butchery business. Like the other two well-known Muslim cuisines of India: Kashmir and…

American Cafe ~ From the Archives

Ever wondered about the planning that goes into a restaurant? “It’s not unlike having a baby” chorus husband and wife team of Janis Fraser and Sumer Arora. When Janis and Sumer decided to go into the food business, they called in food consultants Under One Roof to thrash out a concept, plan a menu, design…

Skill and Skillet

It’s dinner time at the Oberoi’s La Rochelle and to do justice to the candle-lit ambience, Chef Jean Marc Gonzales has traded his toque for more suitable evening-wear. His attention, however, is riveted by the plates of food arriving at the next table. It’s easy to see the single passion that runs like a thread…