Indian-British chef Vineet Bhatia, who is also a restaurateur and an author, has been awarded a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) making him the first Michelin-starred chef of Indian origin to be bestowed with the honor by the monarch of the United Kingdom, King Charles II.
Bhatia is also the first chef of Indian origin to be awarded a Michelin Star.
“Honored to be the first Michelin-starred chef of Indian origin to be awarded an MBE. A wonderful privilege to have the opportunity to make the world ‘see things differently’ about the United Kingdom,” said Bhatia in his Facebook post. He dedicated the honor to his mother and wife for “their unconditional love and support!”
MBE is awarded to someone for an “achievement or service in and to the community which is outstanding in its field and has delivered sustained and real impact which stands out as an example to others”, according to the UK government.
Chef Bhatia has been awarded the honor for his “services to the UK cuisine, to hospitality and to International Trade”.
Born in Mumbai in 1967, Bhatia arrived in London in 1993 with “little more than a suitcase full of books, a lofty ambition, his love of Indian cuisine and a passion for cooking”, his official website reads. In just a few years, he became a globally renowned chef with several successful cookery books, multiple TV series, and several restaurants across the globe.
He opened two Rasoi restaurants, the first in Chelsea, London in 2004, and the second in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2008. Both restaurants received Michelin stars, in 2006 and 2009 respectively. So far, he has eleven restaurants across the world.
In addition to his offscreen culinary achievements, he has also appeared as a judge on Netflix show The Final Table and MasterChef India. Last year, he was appointed as culinary Ambassador for GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland campaign.