Monday, April 30, 2012

Michelin Chef Session with Storm Magazine

Today we had an amazing Michelin Chef Session with Storm Magazine. Its amazing to see such diverse thoughts by some of the World's top chefs from their respective countries. The influence of countries, science, media, internet and chef's personal expression. But, for me food only represents culture and people first. Thanks Kannan Chandran for such an great conversation....V

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Inside Junoon's Kitchen - Mandy Jawle

Here is another cooking segment with one of favorite person/chef/friend - Mandar Jawle. 
Thanks Ronnie Bhardwaj and Lawrence Dizon Sumulong from Composition-B.

Here is a video of him sharing his recipe with us for spiced paneer.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Had a blast at the Jam Session at Universal Studios, Singapore cooking sandalwood smoked-saffron crusted chicken. Happy to be working with beloved chef Michael Swamy and Mugdha Savkar on this project. Thanks again to Peter Knipp and his amazing staff for including us at the World Gourmet Summit.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hello Singapore,

 The beautiful garden city. Its such a pleasure to be a part of World Gourmet Summit and specially to work with award winning Song of India Restaurant, @thesongofindia Chef Manjunath Mural and team. Many thanks for featuring Junoon and Flavors First inspired menu.
Jam Session at WGS, followed by Press Meet. Looking forward

...Thanks Vikas

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spiceland- Kerala.

This is the street that changed the world forever. Yes? One Street changed the landscapes of new world and created the Empires around Spice Routes. I am proud to be walking on these to discover the heart of Spiceland- Kerala.
I am blessed to be a profession where are gift of spices reflect our history.
Share the flavors of Motherland.... V

Monday, April 23, 2012

Inside Junoon's Kitchen - Billy Kasht

We have a diverse talent team working at Junoon kitchen. It humbles me to see them work so hard everyday, making the restaurant shine. Here is another simple cooking session with Chef Billy Kasht.
Great use of working on tawa (Indian griddle)...V

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Junoon - EATER TOP 12 restaurants in New York.

Many thanks to beloved EATER for having Junoon in the list of TOP 12 restaurants in New York.
Many Congrats to my team for the honour!!!
"Junoon, the chic Chelsea eatery run by heartthrob chef Vikas Khanna, known for its array of traditional Indian cooking styles and hand-ground spices offers a three-course $25 tasting menu for lunch Mon–Fri. Choose from entrees like chicken korma with almonds and a dried-ginger lamb shoulder, all served with rice and naan".

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thanks a ton to Indian Consulate and Teji Bindra (Sikh Art and Film Foundation) for a wonderful celebration for Baisakhi at the Indian Consulate. I think its truly crucial for immigrants to keep connected to their roots in as many ways as they can. — at Indian Consulate.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Photoshoot for Wine Spectators Magazine

Today we had a shoot for Wine Spectators Magazine with our Wine Director Olivier Dufeu. I am so impressed by our management team who never stop working for excellence. 
Pairing wines with Junoon's dishes has become an absolute part of dining here. I am so thankful for such detail and amazing vision to represent Indian cuisine.Olivier comes from over a decade of fine dining experience. During his career, he has worked alongside many renowned Michelin starred Chefs such as David Bouley (Bouley & Danube), Daniel Boulud (Cafe Boulud), Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin) and RaymondBlanc (Le Manoir aux Quat' Saison - UK), to name a few.Olivier's passion and knowledge of wine originated from his 5-year study at a culinary school in Brittany , France , his native country, during which time he honed his craft. But it was only after spending a few months at Michel Chabran (another Michelin's star Chef - Rhone Valley , France ) and taking a whiff of a certain Hermitage La Chapelle 1961, that Olivier decided to turn his passion into a career. He was 18 years old at the time. Since then, eager to expand his knowledge, he has traveled to many wine countries such as Austria , Germany , Spain , Australia , New Zealand ...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cooking Demo at Varli Food festival

I did a cooking demo at Varli Food Festival and wanted to share the recipe of Anari Baigan with you all. Its a super simple dish in which the sauce is made of peanuts and coconut milk and has the deep sour flavour of pomegrenate molasses. Its a great dish and I would be honoured if you cook it in your kitchen. Send me your comments. ...V

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Madhur Jaffrey's Climbing the Mango Trees

During my short breaks or travels, I never miss an opportunity to read new stuff. 
It took me about 2 weeks to finish Madhur Jaffrey's Climbing the Mango Trees. Its funny, relatable and beautifully written. I have met her several times and always been inspired by her journey. This book proves that she is the Ambassador and the Queen of Indian Cuisine.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Inside Junoon's Kitchen - Haresh Kumar

Baisakhi is always a time for gratitude to Mother Earth and the good harvest. So, today I wanted to share something very special as a series we created with my beloved Composition-B team. My chefs making their signature dishes, heroes of my kitchens. My big thanks to them for their devotion and here we bring Junoon to your homes through them. Today meet Haresh Kumar (Tandoori Genius)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My great web team just added a new techonology through flash on every page of our main site ( 
It shows our most important featured projects and would be updated on daily basis. Wanted to share it with my FB family first... V

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Varli Food festival - April 5th, 2012

What a super evening of great food, company and friends at Varli Food Festival 2012. Varli, its commendable what you and your team have created as a representation of Indian cuisine in America...All the best- Vikas

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


Everyone loves the time of the year when winter is coming to an end and days begin to lengthen. The new gifts of Mother Nature of spring are in abundance.
Decorating for a party during the spring months is easy. Just follow the cues of nature where everything emerges fresh, green and pretty. Happy Spring, the true power of Mother Earth, how it shows us that a beautiful Spring is possible after a harsh Winter...

Monday, April 9, 2012

My hero, my mentor and teacher

My hero, my mentor and teacher Parvadha Vardhini Gopalakrishnan (Prinicipal WGSHA). 
This was a very special moment when students surprised me by playing Chinna Chinna Asai at my recent visit to Manipal (I sang this song in Tamil at Annual day 19 years ago). Yes I learnt Tamil for this song, love has the power to learn; and I loved this song. TK Suresh taught me the lovely AR Rahman.
Teachers are the best. I shared the name of my fav teacher; so what is the name of your bestest teacher. Have a grt week ahead......V

Sunday, April 8, 2012

I have been scared of heights since I was a child. Though I live in NYC, I have never looked out my window.
So, recently I had decided to learn to fly, and face the fear. I have been doing a few lessons and I do feel much better about it. Here is a shot from one of my lessons.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Upper Crust Magazine

I am very grateful to the super talented and wonderful team of Upper Crust Magazine to have me on the cover of the current issue.
Farzana Contractor's Upper Crust is a very important cultural reference of Indian food and culture for more than 12 years.....Thanks to my dear friend Rozina Gaziyani and the entire crew. Superest Grateful Vikas

Holy Kitchens - Sikhism

I always say that my favourite professions are Teaching, Nursing and Farming. Generally are lives are defined by what we learn, our health and the people who feed us.
So, as we are 1 week away from Baisakhi (The Festival of Harvest). I pay my tribute to all the farmers who feed our world and the Good Earth who gives us all these gifts.
Here is a deeper look at Food through Sikhism.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It was an honour for my team to present Holy Kitchens to former President Bill Clinton in Washington DC. 
Holy Kitchens is a series of films that are an attempt to tie together the meaning of food in a spiritual context. We have just premiered our third film on Islam at Harvard University last month. 1. Sikhism (True Business), 2. Hinduism (Karma to Nirvana) 3. Islam (The Moon of EID). Share the beauty of food and cultures with your FB friends....Vikas

What an amazing day! I was with my 2 favorite chefs+judges of MasterChef India at Junoon (Ajay Chopra and Kunal Kapoor).
AND hosted a dinner for the ambassadors of Indian cuisine, my mentors, inspirations......all under one roof....Indian cuisine Rocks because of you all!!! Love Vikas

Monday, April 2, 2012

We are so proud to be meeting and greeting some of the most important Indian chefs in the World. My team and me are thrilled to be cooking dinner for everyone tomorrow at Junoon. WHAT AN HONOR!

I am very proud of our new generation who create new dimensions of art, it may be in form of food, fashion or cinema. If we support and encourage them, it adds light to their talent. So, Zoran Saher and Kabir Chopra, we are all cheering for the success of Strangers.