Legendary Chef Jiggs Karla who is known for reviving indigenous lost recipes passed away at the age of 71 on 4th June 2019.
His son Zorawar Kalra said, “With profound grief and sadness, I would like to announce the demise of my beloved father, Jiggs Kalra. He was my mentor, my inspiration and my biggest hero,” in a statement.
Here are 6 things you should know about the chef.
Jiggs Karla held titles like the ‘Czar of Indian Cuisine’ and ‘Tastemaker to the Nation,’ conferred upon him by eminent writer Khushwant Singh.
Kalra was best known for his role as a culinary revivalist. He took indigenous recipes that were lost over time and revived them in his own style.
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The chef has an illustrious career spanning over four decades and had set up a lot of restaurants worldwide. His Restaurant Masala Library is still considered as one of the best restaurants in Mumbai.
He worked tirelessly towards promoting Indian cuisine globally. He introduced Indian dishes like the Lucknowi Galouti Kebabs to an international audience.
He was a food columnist, author, gastronome and also a food consultant for various restaurants. His writeups often created a spark which is why a number of chefs looked up to him.
After looking at his contribution in promoting Indian Cuisine, in 1997, the Government of India appointed him as the advisor to the India Trade Promotion Organization.
Apart from his contribution to the Masala Library, he is also associated with restaurants like Punjab Grill and Made In Punjab
Jiggs Kalra was the first Asian to be inducted in the prestigious International Food and Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame and has numerous awards and accolades to his credit.