Chef Hari Nayak
Matt & Meera, NJ

Hari Nayak is an internationally renowned figure in the Indian culinary scene with several successful ventures as a chef, restaurateur, author, and food service consultant. With a distinct, signature style of cooking and an unwavering commitment to expanding appreciation for Indian food, Chef Hari is striving to pioneer the next generation of Indian cooking with books like "Modern Indian Cooking" and "Spice", and through appearances on exclusive web TV spots on food portals like

With so many ventures under his belt, Hari still finds the greatest joy in the basics. He says, "There is nothing that can compare to the feeling of entertaining and cooking for my family, friends and guests. It brings me such happiness when I serve up food that brings a smile to people's faces." To continue spreading the word about Indian cooking around the world, Hari's next ventures will be opening a few modern Indian restaurants in the Middle East and India in 2012.