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 Editor with THE BUSINESS INDIA GROUP.
He is also on board with the HHR Group of Hotels running Heritage properties in Madhya Pradesh,India as a consulting director
A LINK TO HIS RECENTLY CURATED FOOD EVENT IN OCTOBER 2014

An Expert 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, indigenous knowledge and film making.He is also a keen documentary filmmaker and has worked on documentaries 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.
For his contribution to society and culture he was recently awarded the prestigious GLOBAL KARAMVEER FELLOWSHIP for the year 2013-2014

http://www.karmaveerglobalawards.com/

He has anchored a talk show called
” To the Point”

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 Welcomheritage group of hotels having documented the Royal cuisines of the erstwhile Maharajas.Some of his projects have been… 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 Restaurant with Sufi as its theme at Ludhiana.He also set up a North east cuisine restaurant in Delhi..the first of its kind serving cuisine from the eight North eastern States of India.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 is also serving as Advisor for the forthcoming Woodpecker International film Festival 2015
http://www.woodpeckerfilmfestival.in/

HERE IS A LINK OF A SMALL COVERAGE OF HIM ON A PROMINENT NEWS CHANNEL AS A CULINARY FOOD HISTORIAN

He has consulted for the television series by BBC channel Four.Gordon Ramseys Great Escapes on “North east Indian Cuisine”.In 2011 consulted for the show “Chef on the Road “by Hurrah productions for National Geographic Channel..Was India consultant for the travel and lifestyle award winning series OORKURVI season 3,2014 for a Singapore based popular TV channel called Vasantham
He was also the project consultant for a feature film AASMA produced by Plexus films and directed by Sudipto Sen…( the film is complete and under the final stages of edit )
He is currently shooting for a food show called BICKY’S GASTRONOMY to be aired shortly on a very prominent International channel..
Here is the rush cut teaser of his forthcoming show.

RUSH TEASER BICKY’S GASTRONOMY

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 chopra161@gmail.com

HERE IS A LINK TO A LITTLE ABOUT HIM

A link to one of his articles in The Pioneer
http://www.dailypioneer.com/sunday-edition/sundayagenda/assignment-agenda/96357-simple-food–vast-culture.html

This is him cooking a Naga Curry

He also organises food festivals,food and heritage walks plus culinary tours.

FOR HIM FOOD IS LIKE MEDITATION-HE LOVES TO COOK AND FEED- HE TRULY LIVES TO EAT AND SHARE


24 Responses to “ABOUT ME– A PASSIONATE AND AN OBSESSED FOODIE”

  1. Hi Ashish,

    Really very impressive and professional! It’s already so rich – I look forward to it as the collection grows. Enormous potential!!

    All the best
    Sheema

  2. hey…..
    so finally a blog to let people get to know u more…… Congratulations…. and Good luck … may you succeed in promoting your passions for cuisines….. Ash-the-foodie.

    Very nice.. 🙂

  3. ASH IS THE MAN….A WALKING talking ,foodie encyclopedia!

    Cheers Ash…all the best…keep it going bro!

    Cheers

    Sunil

  4. I am especially fond of Awadhi cuisine as well as the cuisines of Kerela and Mumbai street foods, and now you are giving me a glimpse into an area I have yet never set foot-Assam. The best way to uderstand a culture is truly via the cuisine. Thank you for the first step in a hopefully long one of Assamese cuisine. I am eager to learn!

  5. He is one of the most amazing people i’ve come across in the entire span of 32 years of my life. In the blazing hot summer afternoon , just by the look on my face he worked a magical herbal drink for me which sure did challange the ” Dilli ki Garmi”. His indepth knownedge on the North eastern part of the country is mind boggling & ofcourse talking about food, well…. i personally feel, if there is some one better that Ash, its Ashish Chopra himself.

  6. Finally made time to read…nay…celebrate your blog. As your Habibi says “Sooo lovely!” Ashish, you write as well as you talk, you talk as well as you cook, you cook as well as you paint, sketch, photograph….ufff! This is a delight and I will be back for more…
    Cheers!!

  7. Enjoyed reading your wonderfull food experiances in the North East of India. I am Kenya born of Indian Parents and went to India for the first time in 2004 – second time tour of Rajastan and Punjab. Third time, would love to see North East. Any good advise from Ash would be useful. Did write to him but no response”!

    Keep up the good work – one day I will love to get hold of your books.

    Karam

  8. Dear Ash,

    You recently wrote to me via the CS Website and now that I’m seeing your food blog, I am completely amazed and impressed. I need to check out your book ASAP though I wonder how hard it will be to really get authentic ingredients in NYC!! : )

    Best,

    Wylie

  9. Northeasterner Says:

    Hi,
    Would love to read this one. Would look out for that in my fav bookstore rite away.

    Cheers,
    Northeasterner Team!

  10. But we sure love the cover of the book 🙂 if a book is to be judged by the cover of the book.

    🙂 🙂

  11. Dear Ash. Love your site! I am coming to the NE in May to make a tv program for international broadcast on the region. I would like to talk to you about Assamese (and other) cuisine of the NE and how we might feature it in the show. Could we have a conversation by email external to the blog? I’d appreciate it. Please advise best method to contact you. Regards, Kerry

  12. Wow, I am amazed. Truly because I come from NE, (I was born in Arunachal Pradesh, lived in Assam, Meghalaya and been to Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram. Tripura has not happened yet. And my dad fondly calls me ‘apatani chhowali’!), and I am an Anthropologist and a foodie. Like your story, it was with my dad’s (an electrical engineer)postings in the NEFA region which brought me closer to NE; actually I was brought in this world in the NE. I would like to interact with you and buy your books. Looks like there’s lots to interact professionally. I am into health systems researches in TB and HIV.

  13. Mayur Sharma Says:

    Hi Ash,

    Really enjoyed reading some of your posts. Got this web address from our common friend Avik. Are you free to catch up for a chat this week ending July 12
    thanks
    Mayur

  14. George Lee Says:

    We love your book.Very well written and documented

  15. Hey Ashish,
    Greetings from Tel Aviv.Remember me your long lost friend of the kibutz.The lady who fell in love with your cooking and secretly probably with you-A public confession being made after a decade.I just stumbled upon your blog and love evry bit of it.You have not changed-As charming as ever it seems.Incidently you will be glad to know that with your motivation then I own a chain of resturants here by the name of Excelsior serving European cuisine.Sending you a detailed mail shortly with all my contacts.
    Much love
    Mary.

  16. Pramathesh Borkotoky Says:

    I was looking for a picture when I came to your blog. Quite an interesting blog. And your book also seems interesting. I live to eat and your book seems a good help for that.

  17. I can attest to Ashish Chopra’s cooking skills – I was his houseguest in December and enjoyed several of his dishes from different cuisines. He has great conjuring skills for preparing dishes out of left over food. Let there be no waste. Left over Xmas Turkey was turned into delicious turkey salad tossed with roasted sesame seed dressing. Watching him cook is to witness a mans love for cooking and the how he enthuses his love into the food. This is the secret ingredient of his successful dishes. I was very partial to his home made liquors and Kebabs. He inspired me to visit NE India and travel through Assam, Meghalaya and Arunchal Pradesh. This enabled me to savor dishes of these regions enshrined in his book.

  18. PANKAJ MALVIYA Says:

    Dear Dr.Chopra,
    Cheched in the web site today.Wonderful writings and treamendous interest in cuisine and NORTH EAST.Having served in North East for more that three years in the Central Government ,Icould appreciate your love for the lovely and enchanting area , an interest that I share with you.Currently based in Delhi-Hope to meet you some time .
    Regards

  19. Hi Dr. Chopra,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. I am a foodie myself and the best part about your blog is its not just about food but informative at the same time. Its good to see someone else writing so much about cuisines from North East India.
    Regards

  20. manpreet singh gill Says:

    hello brother.myself manpreet gill from chandigarh.I am glad to meet you and read about langar ,iftar and good food.I teach Punjabi at khalsa college.You are also from chandigarh na.If I remember you were in Govt.college in chandigarh in 1982.you write good stories on food .my mouth waters.have a nice day brother

  21. Ajay Tandon Says:

    Hi,I understand that u r from Punjab University,Chd.Brilliant show.
    Ajay

  22. Hi,
    i was just reading up about manipur and i came across your article. will you be able to guide me as where in manipur will i find these lovely black earthen ware.

  23. Atul Suryatal Says:

    He sir,
    How can I connect with you.

  24. ashthefoodie Says:

    You may write to me on chopra161@Gmail.com

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