ABOUT ME– A PASSIONATE AND AN OBSESSED FOODIE
Ashish Chopra was the Executive Director of the Institute for Environmental Management and Social Development when he decided to take permanent sabbatical to pursue his passion for food and travel.A former Advisor to the Governor of Mizoram he is now dedicating his quality time as a CULINARY HISTORIAN/FOOD CRITIC/TRAVEL WRITER/PHOTOGRAPHER.He organises culinary tours and heritage food walks for food lovers.He contributes to the EXOTICA magazine,The PIONEER NEWSPAPER,Travel World magazine and Global food & Traveller magazine. He is also on the editorial board of an apolitical online magazine www.folks.co.in and a consulting Director with the HHR Group of Hotels running Heritage properties in Madhya Pradesh,India
A PhD in Conflict Management, he has worked in the field of environment,social development, culture and cuisine especially in the North East India for over a decade now. His latest book being “ A travel guide to North East India“. He is also the author of NE Belly-A book on the cuisines of the eight North Eastern states. He calls North East India as his obsession which has taught and given him much.He is now documenting the traditional tribal foods of India and writing a cookbook–TRIBAL CUISINES OF INDIA and one on STREET FOODS OF INDIA
Apart from that he has interest in regional cuisine, folk music, tribal art, indegenous knowledge and film making. He is also a keen documentary filmmaker and has worked on documentraies on the Chins of Mizoram, the Nocte tribe of Arunachal, the Konyaks of Nagaland amongst many others. He has published various papers on development, conflict management and culture.
He has anchored a talk show called-” To the Point” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSJ3pwZx46o&list=HL1332648733&feature=mh_lolz ) on one of the prominent satellite news channels.A foodie at heart and not by profession but by passion- He has been a food critic with various magazines and has also been a food consultant with ITC Welcom Heritage group of hotels having documented the Royal cuisines of the erstwhile Maharajas.Amongst his latest projects are, conceptualisation of the first cross Cultural Heritage Cuisine Restaurant in India for the Carlson’s Country Inns and Suites Group at Jaipur and a traditional Punjabi Heritage cuisine Resturant with Sufi as its theme at Ludhiana. Also coming up in Goa is the World’s first North East Indian Cuisine Resturant serving cuisines from the eight states of North East India based out of his book. He has been invited to co-author a book on the Royal cuisines of Bhagel with H.H Pushpraj Sinh-the erstwhile Maharaja of Rewa and subsequently GAJRAJ SINGH the Thakur of Diggi State in Rajasthan has also commissioned him to do a coffee table book on the erstwhile secret recipes and food traditions of the Diggi State.
He has consulted for the television series by BBC channel Four.Gorden Ramseys Great Escapes on “North east Indian Cuisine” He recently in 2011 consulted for the show “Chef on the Road “by Hurrah productions for National Geographic Channel..In 2013 he conceptualised and set up a North East cuisine Restaurant in Delhi.
He believes that food, music and culture transcends all boundaries of caste, conflict, creed and religion. To respect food, tradition and culture is the best way to respect humanity. This blog is a modest attempt to promote his passion for cuisine and its history.
All food lovers who may want to communicate with him can contact him at
FOR HIM FOOD IS LIKE MEDITATION-HE LOVES TO COOK AND FEED- HE TRUELY LIVES TO EAT- AMEN!
HERE IS A LINK TO A LITTLE ABOUT HIM
A link to one of his articles in The Pioneer
This is him cooking a Naga Curry
He also organises food festivals , food & heritage walks and culinary tours