French Ambassador to India conferred him esteemed recognition
It’s a proud moment for Indian Chef Fraternity. The French government conferred 30 years old, Indian Chef Priyam Chatterjee with the distinction of Chevalier de I’Ordre du Merite Agricole. The recognition is also known as the Order of Agricultural Merit. French Ambassador to India, His Excellency Alexandre Ziegler conferred him prestigious recognition on Monday.
Chef Priyam Chatterjee is the first Indian chef to be conferred with this proud honour. It comes in recognition of his contribution to reinventing the gastronomic scene here. The Kolkata-based chef is known to honour French cuisine by revisiting the traditional dishes of his native place. He trained under eminent French chefs. His masterful plating, his eccentric cooking style and his creative dishes draw upon his Bengali roots, the French influence in his life and his love for music and art.
The chef wanted to serve the Indian army but couldn’t so he took up arts, especially cooking because he thought “it is the best form of art to express yourself”. Chatterjee began his training under Chef Jean-Claude Fugier at Park Hyatt in Hyderabad, before moving on to Fauchon in Oman. He has also cooked with French Chef Ernest Darren Alford, Michelin-starred chefs, Spanish Koldo Royo, and Italian Matteo Grandi.
Chatterjee much excitedly stated that he will be moving to Paris very soon where he wants to open his own restaurants serving Bengali dishes. “Cooking authentic Indian food with French techniques is what I am going to focus on,” the young chef claimed.
In his previous media interviews, when asked what inspires him, he stated “Art inspires me. I am a very out-of-the-box sort of a chef. And my basics are strong both for Bengali and French. I have been cooking French food for the last nine years. But I think I am artist who found food as an expression. So I can club these two and come up with something unique.’
Meanwhile, appreciating Chatterjee’s culinary skills, the French ambassador said, “I think this is the first time that we are celebrating such a talent. I had to choose one word to define your food it would be ‘precision’. Your plating of dishes is very reminiscence of ours.
About Chef Priyam Chatterjee:
Early life and Education: Priyam Chatterjee was born and raised in the city of Kolkata, West Bengal. He is a graduate from NIPS School of Hotel Management, Kolkata. He attended Dr. Graham Homes, Kalimpong during his early childhood.
Career: The young chef Priyam Chatterjee is currently serving as the head chef at Jaan Restaurant Yacht in France. He was part of the pre-opening team of Park Hyatt Hyderabad.He has assisted two-star Michelin Spanish Chef Koldo Royo, and was Jr. Sous Chef during the opening of Fauchon Paris (Oman). He was the head Chef and Director at Qla, New Delhi. He was the Head Chef at the Indian outpost of San Francisco, California based International Indian restaurant Rooh, headed by Chef Sujan Sarkar.
Award and Accolades: Chatterjee was San Pellegrino Young Chefs semi-finalist in 2018. He was awarded the Chef of the Year 2017 by Times Night Life, Delhi.He has a special mention in Forbes India annual 30 under 30 achievers list in the F&B section category. Chatterjee had the honour of cooking for the French Ambassador to India and the former Prime Minister of Italy.