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Top 9 Female Indian Chefs Who Conquered The Culinary Industry

By Sonam Satija

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 4 min read

It's always great to see a female Indian Chef beating the whole stereotype of Male chefs dominating the F & B Industry. Here is the list of top female Indian chefs ruling the Culinary industry.


1. Miam Patisserie - Bani Nanda 

Bani Nanda is a cake culinary specialist and the proprietor at Miam Patisserie. She prioritizes staying fit despite being surrounded by an environment dominated by the most relishing desserts made by her. Miam Patisserie was opened with an idea to bring a bit of Paris to Delhi - making people crave for some mouth-watering entrees and learn about the high-quality produce and design




2. SodaBottleOpenerWala - Anahita Dhondy  

Anahita Dhondy is the Chef Manager at the famous Bombay Irani Cafe and Bar, SodabottleOpenerWala. Her career went to another level as she introduced the best of the Parsi cuisine through SodaBottleOpenerWala creating a whole new trend around the best restaurant chains in the country. She also won ‘The Young Chef’ award, Times Food Award and the Hospitality Sector ‘Indian of the year’ title.





3. Lavaash By Saby - Megha Kohli 

Yes, we’re talking about Lavaash By Saby’s Head Chef here - fancy isn’t it? But remember ladder of success wasn’t easy for Megha. With over almost 7-8 years of experience, Megha has come out with an identity of her own. For her, it’s about not making cooking a systematic process rather putting your heart and soul when it comes to making the most exquisite dish rather any dish. Her experience at Oberoi brushed her skills to a huge extent taking her to another level.





4. Ivy And Bean - Radhika Khandelwal 

Radhika Khandelwal established her identity with two of the best cafes - Ivy and Bean along with Fig and Maple - it took her a couple of years to conceptualize both but they accomplished her dream of being a chef successfully.  She is one of the first people in the industry to start the local and seasonal produce trend. It was all about taking the risk with the end result paying off well. It’s all about the hardships in the earlier stage before you grow in any profession.






5. Le 15 Patisserie - Pooja Dhingra

Guess who opened India's first macaron store? Our very own "Macaron Queen", Pooja Dhingra. Le15 Patisserie specialized in making one of the most tempting macarons introducing a whole new trend of getting westernized desserts in India. She has also successfully published two of her books - The Wholesome Kitchen: Nourish. Energize. Indulge. And Big Book Of Treats.






6. Bombaykery - Mitali Gupta

The owner-baker at Bombaykery - Mitali Gupta has successfully brought to us one of the best desserts in town. This Indian chef has definitely made us proud with her skills - her attachment to the city of Bombay which is an epitome of beauty and chaos made her name the bakery as "Bombaykery". Later she made an collaborated effort to infuse Delhi and Mumbai together and opened the same bakery in Delhi as well. She introduced unconventional dessert flavors to excite the customers and bring a new trend.





7. Cafe Diva - Ritu Dalmia

This one needs no introduction as her insatiable appetite for endless gastronomic innovation has warmed many hungry souls. Her love for Italian Cuisine led her to start her first restaurant in Delhi called Mezzaluna, which closed after three years. Later she started working as a head chef for restaurant called "Cafe Diva" in Delhi. She now owns & manages a family of six unique restaurants in Delhi, as well as a thriving catering business. 





8. Cafe Dori - Kainaz Contractor

Chef Kainaz Contractor has put in her heart and magic in Cafe Dori's menu - She's definitely one of the top culinary queens inspiring women across to take up the profession of being a chef. She also manages "Rustom's Parsi Bhonu" -It's an all day cafe serving authentic Parsi food, Bombay snacks & breakfast + Home Delivery/Catering. From being a Restaurant Manager to A Food Writer, she has seen it all to finally coming out with her first menu aimed at classic Parsi specialities.





9. Chef SistersHasti and Hiloni Goradia

Presenting you the DYNAMIC Duo of Hasti and Hiloni Goradia who started this venture together - Chef Sisters: A Fresh-taurant! The specialitiy of this restaurant is that to Indianize the varied cuisines to cater to the taste buds of the locality. Talking about the sisters, Hasti specializes in the art of baking while Hiloni specializes in preparing scrumptious multi-cuisine food - We can't find a better pair than this! Their culinary experiment definitely proved to be a successful one!



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Q: Which restaurants in Mumbai are run by women?

A: Le 15, Chef Sisters. Candy & Green, Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters, Grandmama's Cafe.


Q: Who are the top women influencers in India?

A: Swetha Dev, Natasha Noel, Aishwarya Nigam, Radhika Bose


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