Chef Maneet Chauhan is the executive chef and co-owner of Chauhan Ale & Masala House and co-owner of Mantra Artisan Ales in Nashville. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Chauhan worked in some of the finest hotels in India before the start of her professional career in the States. She has worked as executive chef in successful ventures such as Vermilion in Chicago, which was named Best New Restaurant by Chicago magazine, Restaurant of the Month by Esquire and Best New Restaurant by Wine Enthusiast under her leadership. Upon opening the Vermilion in Manhattan, Chef Chauhan was nominated for Best Import to New York by Time Out magazine.
Chef Chauhan was a recipient of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for her role as a judge on food Network’s “Chopped,” and sits on its permanent panel of judges. She has also written her own cookbook, Flavors of My World. Chauhan Ale & Masala House was her first venture into restaurant ownership in 2014, followed by the 2015 opening of Mantra Artisan Ales. Chef Chauhan will open two new restaurant concepts in Nashville in 2016.
Heavily lauded by print and broadcast media in the United States and abroad, Chef Chauhan has been featured in publications such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, The Local Palate, Wine Enthusiast, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post, Times of India, The Telegraph and more. Her television appearances include “The View” (ABC), “CBS This Morning’s The Dish” (CBS), “Designing Spaces” (Lifetime), “Iron Chef” and “Next Iron Chef” (Food Network).
A native of India, Chef Chauhan chose Nashville for her first namesake restaurant after being contacted by developer Moni Advani to come down to Music City for a visit. It was during her first trip that she fell in love with the city and its people and decided to stay.
The self-proclaimed “Nash-Yorker” is a passionate advocate for the March of Dimes, and now lives in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, Vivek and their daughter, Shagun and son, Karma.