Amritsari boy Vikas Khanna, a Michelin celebrity chef, is unquestionably the well-known face of Indian cookery on the global level at the moment.
In the year 2015, Vikas rolled out his 1,200-page cookery book, Utsav that boasts of special dishes made during diverse festivals in the country of India. The book took over 12 years to complete.
Vikas has gifted his labour of love to well-known global heads. He also presented Utsav to the American President, Barack Obama.
In a special interview with the ace star of Bollywood Anupam Kher, he also talked over his journey from a child who took birth with a cleft foot in the city of Amritsar, Punjab to the celebrity level he has attained at the moment.
Vikas’s delightful earnestness and his affection for food got clear from the way he talks about his great experiences.
His main aim was to do something big in the food business commenced at an early age and with his entrepreneurial abilities, he recognized that he was going to attain big and made his nation proud by making people all over the globe acquainted with his desh ka khana.
Vikas took birth with a cleft-foot defect and got bullied all over during his childhood as he wasn't like the remaining children. But he never took this thing seriously and kept on gathering trust in himself. His family was very supportive.
His dad possessed a video cassette shop and he helped his father in his work. But his affection towards food was intensely embedded in him, and overall credit goes to his grandma who helped him learn the skills how to cook.
His entrepreneurial nature assisted him to roll out his own biz at 16-17 years and he started a kitty party banquet. His uncle witnessed his passion for food and took Vikas with him to Delhi's Maurya Sheraton. This was the first time when he saw a 5-star hotel and he was completely overwhelmed after seeing the special dishes.
At that time, he made his mind to learn this big art formally. He also trusts that it was the sewa at the Golden Temple's langar room from here he learnt to respect food.
He also got rejected for college admissions owing to his simple nature and his incapability to talk in English. He said, "Khaana banane mein English bolne ki kya zarurat hai?" (How is cooking food related to English speaking?)