About Monish

The Kebab King

Monish Gujral

Restaurateur, Chef, Author, Blogger

First chef from India to be invited to Le cordon Bleu to demonstrate in Paris. Monish is credited with the trailblazing turn-around of Moti Mahal, from being a small but iconic presence in Delhi, to becoming a multi-national corporation that is well on its way to defining how the world eats Indian food. A traditionalist, Monish has remained true to the signature dishes that made Moti Mahal a legend, while reinventing the dining experience into one that is exciting and avant garde to suit modern sensibilities.

Monish Gujral graduated from Delhi University, majoring in Business studies. He then studied Hotel Management at Pusa Institute at Delhi, before sweating it out in the kitchen of world famous Moti Mahal restaurant to understand the first hand concept of inventory management and learning recipes directly from his grandfather. He is the grandson of legendary Kundan Lal Gujral; the person who introduced Tandoori cuisine to the world by inventing the Famous Tandoori chicken and placing India on the world culinary map. Monish is also a columnist with India’s number one news paper “The Hindustan Times” and also writes a food column on food trends of India and recipes in “The Hindu.” He is also actively involved in helping and training students in Institute of Hotel Management, Catering & Nutrition, Pusa, and Delhi in Tandoori and Mughlai culinary. Monish has also instituted an annual trophy for the best student chef of the Institute of Hotel Management Pusa, Delhi, in the memory of his late grandfather.
To commemorate Kundan Lal’s Tandoori trail from Peshawar to Delhi, Monish has launched the new look Moti Mahal restaurants called the Tandoori Trail restaurants and planned a global chain of such eateries.

Monish has also authored a book “Moti Mahal’s Tandoori Trail”, which besides being a treasure house of recipes has a unique photographs of various dignitaries and celebrities such a Kennedy’s, Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Shah of Iran among others which make this book a truly collector’s item. The book was released by Arun Jaitley, the then Law & Justice and Commerce Minister on the 18th of April 2004. The book was also released in London at the Nehru Center on the 3rd of June 2005 by the Minister for Culture and Director of Nehru Center Mr. Pawan Kumar Verma.

Besides this, Monish Gujral has directed and conceived “Moti Mahal Qawalli Trail” Music with T-series collaboration, launched by the Minister for Tourism Mrs. Renuka Chowdhari. Qawalli which is the hall mark of Indian culture was always patronized by Moti Mahal for live entertainment in the restaurant.

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