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By: Hemant Brahmbhatt
With a culinary prowess honed through years of dedication and a profound commitment to showcasing the culinary heritage of Uttarakhand, Chef Kuldeep Singh, hailing from the serene landscapes of Tehri Garhwal, has embarked on a mission to captivate the palates of New Yorkers with dishes crafted primarily from mountain grains. Inspired by the resolute efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami in promoting millets, Chef Kuldeep firmly believes in the pivotal role millets will play in shaping future dietary preferences.
Expressing his admiration for Prime Minister Modi’s foresight, Chef Kuldeep remarked, “I am aligned with PM Modi’s vision that millets will emerge as a prominent food choice in the future. Witnessing the enthusiasm of New Yorkers relishing dishes made from mountain ingredients, particularly coarse grains, motivates me to continue my mission of showcasing Uttarakhand’s traditional grains to the world.”
Currently holding the esteemed position of a senior chef in a prominent New York restaurant, Chef Kuldeep recently exhibited his culinary artistry by presenting authentic pahadi dishes at the prestigious James Beard Foundation Institute in New York—an institution dedicated to advancing culinary arts and recognizing the innovative potential of chefs globally. Reflecting on his journey, Chef Kuldeep expressed, “It brings me immense joy that my childhood aspiration of exploring mountain cuisine and sharing it with international audiences has materialized.” He takes pride in featuring delicacies such as mandua roti, bajra chapati, and bhang chutney in his repertoire, underscoring their significant contributions to enhancing health when incorporated into daily diets.
Chef Kuldeep emphasized that the appreciation for millet-based foods transcends cultural boundaries, extending not only to Americans but also to non-resident Indians (NRIs) settled in New York. He optimistically stated, “I am confident that the farmers of our state will reap the rewards of my endeavors, as I strive to promote Uttarakhand’s diverse agricultural treasures on the global stage. This, in turn, may alleviate the issue of migration from the hill regions of the state.”
In a heartfelt plea directed towards the youth of India, particularly those from Uttarakhand, Chef Kuldeep urged the inclusion of millets in their daily dietary habits. He also called upon agricultural stakeholders to increase the cultivation of coarse grains, envisioning sustainable agricultural growth, diversification, and economic prosperity for producers through international exports. Chef Kuldeep’s culinary journey serves as a poignant testament to the transformative potential of traditional ingredients and the ability of local cuisine to leave a lasting impression on the global culinary landscape.