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Amritsar guy Vikas Khanna in USA: A Chef: A Mentor: A Hero Print E-mail
Friday, 26 January 2007

JERESSY CITY (New Jeressy): Vikas Khanna was born on 14th November, 1971 in Amritsar, right on the border of India and Pakistan to Bindu and Davinder Khanna. Helping his grandmother in the kitchen as a child he learnt the techniques of Indian Cooking.  

At 14, started caterings for wedding and at 16, opened Lawrence Gardens Banquets in Amritsar. Graduated from the prestigeous WelcomGroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal. Worked for Taj, WelcomGroup, Sheraton, Hyatt under some of the most well known Chefs of India. Came to US in 2000 and started working with a very humble beginning. Later studied at Cornell University and has lectured at Harvard Extension School and today is an authority on India cuisine in US.

Founded SAKIV (South Asian Kid's Infinite Vision) to prevent blindness in underprivileged children in South Asia. Through SAKIV he runs Vision of Palate; educational workshops for visually impaired children based on aromas of food. SAKIV world hosts vision expos around the world.

Vikas Khanna's "Cooking for Life" Foundation was founded in 2001 with America's most influential Chefs to organize events to raise money for various causes around the World. Today it has been expanded to Chicago Chefs, San Fransisco and now World Chefs "Cooking for Life" which will host events at World Wonders with acclaimed chefs from around the world, to raise funds and awareness for causes around the world. The first event "The Living Pyramids" was hosted at the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt on July 20th, 2006 to raise awareness for the needs of travelers with disabilities.
Today Vikas is owner and consultant of some of the finest restaurants and caterings in the world and has his line of foods and spices.

Vikas has receieved several National and International Awards including the prestigeous "Access to Freedom Award" from SATH, previously presented to George W Bush & HRH Prince Charles, "Shining Star Award" from Just One Break Inc. and Honorary Board for World Peace Society. He has also authored several books, all of which support different charities. For giving back to the communities so much, Vikas Khanna is my Hero and an inspiration to millions!


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