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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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