Miraval Chef Series: Chef's Night In
Learn what the country’s foremost chefs cook for themselves to feel well during Miraval’s new Chef Series!
Various times throughout the year, a Celebrity Chef will be a weekend-long guest in the Miraval kitchen. While on property, each Guest Chef will give Miraval guests a rare peek into the foods and ingredients that these celebrated chefs enjoy cooking for themselves and their families on their (rare) nights off. Through a series of special events, the chefs’ mindful approaches to cooking will come to life as they share the secrets of the food they enjoy eating to bring their bodies into balance. In addition to these events, the Miraval kitchen will serve one of the featured Chef's signature dishes on the Cactus Flower dinner menu on both Friday and Saturday night.
Each visiting Chef will host two Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinners that include a 4-course meal prepared before them with wine service. Participants will interact with the Chef as they learn about their inspiring culinary techniques and philosophy. Seating is limited and sign-up is required; $198 per person. These dinners have a set menu and cannot accommodate for allergies and dietary restrictions. Each Chef will also host a Meet the Chef Luncheon during their visit where participants can join the Chef for an informational lunch to learn about her passion for cooking. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Sign-up at the Cactus Flower Hostess Stand.
Maneet Chauhan - August 15 & 16
Chef Chauhan’s new book “Flavors of My World,” best portrays her culinary approach—a deep pride in representing her Indian culinary heritage as well as a love and panache for using spices in an elevated platform while incorporating the culinary influences of her journeys and experiences.
Her journey started in India, her homeland, where she graduated at the top of her class at the Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Administration, India’s top culinary and hotel management school. After interning at India’s finest hotels and kitchens, including names such as the Taj Group, Oberoi Hotels and Le Meridian, Chef Chauhan left for the US to attend The Culinary Institute of America. She graduated with high honors, sweeping all awards in her class.
After obtaining some valuable fine dining field experience on the East Coast, Chef Chauhan felt it was time to conquer Chicago, which meant being the only female to go up against 40 male chefs for an Executive Chef position. Successful, Chef Chauhan was the opening chef of Vermilion restaurant. As executive chef of Vermilion, she led the execution of the Indian-Latin cuisine developed by Rohini Dey and her kitchen teams in New York City and Chicago. With Chef Chauhan at the helm, the restaurant earned numerous accolades including Chicago Magazine’s Best New Restaurant, Esquire’s Restaurant of the Month and Wine Enthusiast’s Best New Restaurant in the U.S. During this time Chef Chauhan’s expertise was also enlisted to design an exclusive menu for American Airlines, First Class and Business Class. Vermilion then set its sights on New York City and Chef Chauhan launched an equally impressive outpost in the heart of Manhattan. Soon after opening its doors, Chef Chauhan was nominated for the ‘Best Import to New York’ by Time Out magazine.
During her tenure with these landmark restaurants, the establishments received exceptional reviews from Bon Appétit, USA Today, Time, Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Gourmet, Town & Country, Business Week and O Magazine as well as a stunning 3-star review from the Chicago Tribune. After eight years leading the kitchens of Vermilion in both New York City and Chicago, Chef Chauhan decided to venture out on her own and founded Indie Culinaire, an avant garde culinary and hospitality company. In a short period of time she established herself as an honorary figure and leading volunteer for prestigious culinary schools, industry events and premier non-profit foundations. After being the only Indian female ever to compete on Iron Chef and a fierce competitor on The Next Iron Chef, Chef Chauhan is now a full-time judge on the Food Network hit show Chopped, which has been nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award and granted Chef Chauhan the honor of receiving the prestigious James Beard Award of Excellence.
Chef Chauhan has also established herself as a go-to expert when it comes to Indian cuisine and spices, illustrated by the invitation she received to teach the multi-national audience of ABC’s The VIEW to cook Indian food. Additionally, Chef Chauhan was invited to cook at the first-ever Indiaspora Inaugural Ball, honoring the re-election of President Barack Obama.
A big supporter of culinary education, Chef Chauhan credits her success to the solid culinary foundation she received at the Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Administration, India and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Hyde Park. She was recently honored with an invitation to return to the CIA campus as the commencement speaker and also received a recognition of “Distinguished Service to the Foodservice and Hospitality Industry” as the Ambassador of the CIA. Chef Chauhan is constantly mentoring new graduates and is very involved with the educational arm of the National Restaurant Association’s Pro-Start program, which educates high school students about hospitality and the culinary arts, giving them “real life” skills and encouraging the culinary world as a career.
An active supporter of various charities such as Child Rights and You (CRY) and Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment (P.A.V.E.), Chef Chauhan is incredibly committed to giving back to the community that has given her so much. Recently she has used her culinary skills to cook at the prestigious Chef’s Garden, Guggenheim Museum, Willie Mae Rock Camp and many others.
Currently Chef Chauhan is in the process of opening a restaurant in Nashville, TN; planning a cross-country book signing bus tour; developing a signature spice line; and writing another new cookbook. Her ongoing research, trials, travels and zest for experimentation keeps her at the forefront of cutting-edge cuisine. Her energy and creativity, combined with polished culinary skills and the courage to follow her passion, have proven to be the right ingredients for success.Chef Chauhan currently resides in New York City with her husband and her daughter.
Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinner - Friday, August 15 & Saturday, August 16, 2014, 6-8pm
Meet the Chef Luncheon - Saturday, August 16, 2014, 12-12:45pm