Community//

Meet Aanal Kotak: Her Inspiring Journey From Simple Girl To Celebrity Chef

A love for food and the countless hours spent in the kitchen fired the imagination of the simple girl from Ahmedabad who is today a much-feted celebrity Chef in Gujarat She’s very much a true blue Gujarati, whose story began in Ahmedabad. Born in a business family and an only daughter, she had lived a […]

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

A love for food and the countless hours spent in the kitchen fired the imagination of the simple girl from Ahmedabad who is today a much-feted celebrity Chef in Gujarat

She’s very much a true blue Gujarati, whose story began in Ahmedabad. Born in a business family and an only daughter, she had lived a very sheltered life and was expected to conform to the wishes of her conservative family.

She took up a challenge to cook for 50 people’s food at family gathering when suddenly caterer didn’t turn up, when she was just 12!

At the age of 19, she went for cooking competition, where she was rejected and offered to host the show because tv channel people felt she is too young to become cooking expert on the tv show. she turned down the offer and next year, when she again went for cooking competition, she came back home with Gujarat’s Youngest Cooking Expert title.

Without a second thought, she ran off from her own engagement ceremony, to give audition in Rasoi Show – regional cooking show on Colors Gujarati (Previously known as Etv)

Her passion didnt let her stop here, looking at her junoon, her husband supported her and they created Gujarat’s first ever fine dine restaurant The Secret Kitchen

She didnt stop here. She became the first chef to bring Gujarati fine-dine to world of hauté-cuisine. She launched her most loved restaurant, “Aanal Kotak’s Akshada”.

As tough as she may sound as chef, she have extreme soft heart. she tied up with Robinhood Army and pledged that she wont let any children hungry in the city.

ACHIEVEMENTS:-
• Chef Aanal Kotak bags the best restaurant of the year award for The Secret Kitchen.
• Soha Ali Khan Felicitates Chef Aanal Kotak as Chefpreneur Of The Year – 2018.
• Chef Aanal Kotak featured into Top 50 Food Entrepreneurs of India – coffee table book.
• World record of India for the biggest Christmas plum cake – 2018.

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Community//

    Lauren Braun Costello: “Feed others as they wish to be fed”

    by Chef Vicky Colas
    Community//

    Sara Lovestyle: “Legacy is not leaving something for people, it’s leaving something in people”

    by Chef Vicky Colas
    Community//

    “I would like to start a movement to teach people how to nourish themselves” With Celebrity Chef Amy Riolo

    by Yitzi Weiner

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.