Michelin Starred Chef Vikas Khanna Shares the ‘Recipe of Success’ With Chitkara University Students

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Michelin Starred Chef Vikas Khanna

From winning the ‘OSCAR of International cooking – the Michelin Star’ for his ‘Junoon’, to authoring books, hosting TV shows, directing films and building India’s first Culinary & Kitchen Arts Museum, Chef Vikas Khanna has done it all, and is still going strong. On October 19, 2019, Chitkara University was honoured to welcome Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Vikas Khanna, to its Punjab campus.

Greeted with traditional Punjabi-style welcome, complete with hugs & food (and a live stall to serve his favourite snack ‘desi bhutta’), Chef Vikas Khanna was given a grand heartwarming reception by eager & excited Chitkara University Hospitality & Culinary students, who packed the auditorium beyond capacity.

Delighted to receive the world-renowned chef, Hon’ble Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Vice-Chancellor, Chitkara University, said, “We are honoured to welcome Chef Vikas Khanna at the University. Our students are fortunate as a personality of his caliber and standing is here to share his knowledge and experience with them. I am sure his visit will offer a huge inspiration and great exposure to our students.” She added, “At Chitkara University, we bring renowned & accomplished Industry professionals to our students for immersive learning and industry connections, and ensure that our students are future-ready to lead in the kitchen, the boardroom, or simply anywhere they aspire to be.”

Humble, sincere and driven, Chef Vikas’s journey has been all about innovation in food, celebrating India’s culture through his books, tracing the origins of undiscovered food & ingredients to preserving, restoring and documenting experiences with his latest venture being a one-of-its-kind culinary museum in India. Taking the stage after being felicitated with a ‘phulkari’ shawl as a Chitkara tradition, Chef Khanna spoke to the students’ heart – touching upon matters close to his own heart – sharing his journey – from a small town in Punjab to Michelin Stars and Manhattan, hopes & ambitions for the future, and finally unveiling his ‘recipe for success’ – all being authentic & real, as he is. The conviction in his words made students believe that their dreams could become a reality, with hard work and dedication.

Following the session, Chef Vikas Khanna joined Dr. Madhu Chitkara and senior delegates, for a special scrumptious lunch prepared in his honour. The chef was mighty impressed by the elaborate, carefully-selected Punjabi specialties prepared by Chitkara Culinary students, especially appreciating the desert ‘lahsun ki kheer’, giving it a big thumbs up – for adding soul to the ‘benami desert from Mughal Era’ and making it ‘simply irresistible’. Over lunch, Chef Vikas had a quick yet fruitful discussion on pedagogy with Culinary & Hospitality faculty members of Chitkara University and spoke of ‘engaging the senses through experiential learning’ – presenting them with fresh new perspectives on teaching & learning.

About Chitkara University:– In the year 2002, Chitkara Educational Trust established its Punjab campus 30km from Chandigarh, on the Chandigarh-Patiala National Highway. In the year 2010, Chitkara University was established by the Punjab State Legislature under ‘The Chitkara University Act’. Chitkara University, one of the best university in Punjab is a government-recognized university with the right to confer degrees as per the Sections 2(f) and 22(1) of the UGC Act, 1956.

Chitkara University has been founded by Dr. Ashok Chitkara and Dr. Madhu Chitkara who have been passionate teachers for more than 40 years now. Chitkara Education brings with it, a reputation that has been earned through years of serving the career – needs of the student community. It is a reputation for excellence and innovation among coveted employers for preparing graduates who have the knowledge and skills they need for success in their workplace.

Chitkara University graduates go on to have great careers, as they have their hands on the responsive teaching methodology. Students from around the country are attracted to Chitkara University because of their commitment to teaching excellence, their research that makes a difference, their industry partnerships and their tailored courses. This difference has been acknowledged by students, parents, alumni, government, and industry since the inception of the university.

Within a decade, most of Chitkara University academic programs are ranked among the top 50 programs in the country which speaks volumes about their string of academic heritage, highly committed faculty, extensive industry collaborations, great international connections and state-of-the-art campus facilities.