Bombay-native Raghavan Iyer, a Certified Culinary Professional, and a member and Vice-President Elect of The International Association of Culinary Professionals, has acquired degrees in Chemistry (Bombay University), Hotel, and Restaurant Management (Michigan State University).
He is a cookbook author, culinary educator, spokesperson, and consultant to numerous national and international clients including General Mills, Bon Appetit Management Company, Target, and Canola. He helped launch an Indian Meals program for Bon Appétit Management Company and trained all their chefs across the United States in Indian cuisine and Global Vegan Cuisine through 35+ national workshops. He helped design a shelf-stable, Indian, ready-to-eat meals for Target’s Archer Farms brand. Most recently, he was named a 2008 Sustainable Seafood Ambassador for the prestigious Monterey Bay Aquarium. He was the culineer for an upscale/casual Indian-themed restaurant. Most recently he launched a line of roasted spice blends (www.turmerictrail.com that sells online as well as some high-end retailer partners.
He is the author of Betty Crocker’s Indian Home Cooking (Wiley, 2001), The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood (St. Martin’s Press, 2002) - 2003 James Beard Awards Finalist: Best International Cookbook, and the just-published 660 Curries (April 2008, Workman Publishing, New York). 660 Curries has been shortlisted among the top cookbooks for 2008 by National Public Radio, the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Food and Wine Magazine (among many others). The book has been named 2008 Best Asian Cookbook in the USA by World Gourmand Awards. His fourth book Indian Cooking Unfolded (Summer 2013, Workman Publishing, New York) is due for release July 2013. He was a contributor to a historical book with recipes for the Minnesota Historical Press Asian Flavors (Fall 2012).
His app for ipad with video, Raghavan’s Indian Flavors, is available through ITunes.
He received the highly coveted 2004 International Association of Culinary Professional’s Award of Excellence (formerly the Julia Child Awards) for Cooking Teacher of the Year, and was a Finalist for a 2005 James Beard Journalism Award as a contributing writer for EatingWell Magazine. His numerous articles have appeared in national food publications and online media like Zester Daily, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Saveur, Weight Watchers Magazine, Cooking Pleasures, and the internationally renowned literary food magazine Gastronomica.
Iyer is co-founder of the Asian Culinary Arts Institutes, Ltd. www.asianculinaryarts.com), an organization dedicated to the preservation, understanding, and enjoyment of the culinary arts of Asia. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Culinary Professionals and also a frequent judge for the cookbook awards for the prestigious James Beard Foundation.
An accomplished and prolific culinary instructor at many international, national, and local venues, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Annual Conferences in Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montreal, Dallas, Seattle, and Chicago. With over 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Iyer is also fluent in more than six languages. Annually, he leads food and cultural tours to India.
He has appeared in numerous radio and television shows across the United States and Canada including Martha Stewart Radio, The Splendid Table (national public radio show with Lynne Rossetto Kasper), WGN Morning News (WGN Chicago), Good Day Atlanta (WAGA TV - Fox Affiliate), Good Day Tampa (Fox Affiliate Tampa), The Morning Show (KARE 11 – NBC Affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul), and the Vicki Gabereau Show (national Canadian television talk show).