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Cooking up a storm

Culinary artists are changing Punjab's foodscape by introducing lovers of all things scrumptious to innovative dishes, fusion flavours and sinful desserts that look like plated paintings. Here's a curated list of the top gamechangers.

Our Jury

Chef Kandla Nijhowne

Among the top five finalists of MasterChef India Season 1, she now judges food contests and holds culinary workshops across the country.

Anukruti Jhamb

The first food blogger in tricity who started her blog Worth Eat five years ago, she also designs menus for cafes and restaurants across the region.

The Accidental Chef

Aditya Prabhu, 45, Owner, Gourmet Nine, Chandigarh

A hospitality professional with over 26 years of experience, Aditya Prabhu left his comfortable job to open his maiden restaurant Gourmet Nine in 2013, to make and serve cuisines that he was really passionate about. Prabhu, who had earlier worked with brands such as Taj Hotels, Ramada, and Mainland China says, "I always had a fascination for food and a passion to cook."

Bite This Gourmet Nine's name comes from playing around with nine different types of cuisine from Bengal, Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Pan Asian. "My USP lies in regional cuisines. We always wish that people order things other than butter chicken at our restaurant because we want them to try out stuff from all these regions," he says.

"Chandigarh never disappoints. The city loves me and

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