Interview with Chef Maneet Chauhan ’00 of Chauhan Ale and Masala House in Nashville, TN

Chef Maneet Chauhan ‘00 is the executive chef and co-owner of Chauhan Ale & Masala House and co-owner of Mantra Artisan Ales in Nashville. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she worked in some of the finest hotels in India before the start of her professional career in the United States. Maneet is a recipient of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for her role as a judge on food Network’s Chopped and sits on the show’s permanent panel of judges. She is also the author of Flavors of My World. Heavily lauded by print and broadcast media in the United States and abroad, Maneet has been featured in publications such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, The Local Palate, Wine Enthusiast, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post, Times of India, The Telegraph, and more. Her television appearances include The View (ABC), CBS This Morning’s The Dish (CBS), Designing Spaces (Lifetime), Iron Chef and Next Iron Chef (Food Network). Maneet was the 2016 Chair for Nashville’s March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction and selected to be featured as one of The Nashville Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list, as well as Nashville Lifestyles Women in Business, which honored local women who are at the top of their industry. She has worked as executive chef in successful ventures such as Vermilion in Chicago, which received accolades from Chicago magazine, Esquire, Time Out, and Wine Enthusiast under her leadership. Chauhan Ale & Masala House was her first venture into restaurant ownership in 2014, followed by the 2015 opening of Mantra Artisan Ales. Maneet will open two new restaurant concepts in Nashville in 2017. A native of India, she chose Nashville for her first namesake restaurant after being contacted by developer Moni Advani to come down to Music City for a visit. It was during her first trip that she fell in love with the city and its people and decided to stay, now living in Tennessee with her husband, Vivek, their daughter, Shagun, and son, Karma.