Chef Garima Arora, from Gaa in Bangkok, is heading up a new initiative called Food Forward India in an effort to both highlight and champion the future of Indian food.
Arora was the first female Indian chef to win a Michelin star last year and was named Asia's Best female chef this year, using the momentum of the publicity wake to do good, by engaging with stakeholders of Indian food and giving Indian cuisine a voice on a global stage.
The not-for-profit initiative will seek to prioritise the future of Indian by exploring its breadth and depth and dispelling presumptions about the cuisine;
“What most people understand of Indian food is very superficial and primitive. I think because what we export as ‘Indian food’ is just curries and naan bread, and that’s what people think it really is.” — Garima Arora told Michelin Guide.
The inaugural event organised by the new Initiative kicked off with a brainstorming event into the "future of Indian food" in Mumbai on October 17. Future plans for the initiative include the cataloguing of Indian food.
India does not yet have a Michelin Guide, and there are currently a minority of Indian Michelin starred restaurants around the world. With this new initiative Arora will hopefully work towards changing this landscape and encouraging a more inclusive world of cuisine.