Celebrity Chef and culinary consultant Maneet Chauhan, probably best known from her appearances on The Food Network cooking show Chopped, recently announced that her first restaurant will open in Nashville in Spring 2014. The Indian gastropub Chauhan Ale & Masala House will be located at 123 12th Avenue North in The Gulch.
Chef Maneet Chauhan has announced her first restaurant in Nashville — Photo courtesy of Maneet Chauhan
Construction is already underway on the soon-to-be packed location, which will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week for up to 150 guests. Catering for special events will also be available with the option to have Chauhan prepare the menu herself on site.
"My decision to open my first restaurant in Nashville was born from my heart," Chauhan said in a release about her restaurant venture. "From the moment I stepped foot in Music City I have had a love affair with the people and burgeoning culinary scene. This city's long, highly-respected cultural history, coupled with the recent growth and development is inspiring. I could not be happier with my decision and I'm truly excited to call Nashville my home.”
As the Executive Chef of the Indian-Latin culinary hotspot Vermillion in Chicago and New York City, Chef Chauhan earned accolades from Bon Appétit, USA Today, Time, Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Gourmet, Town & Country, Business Week and O Magazine. She has competed on Iron Chef and on The Next Iron Chef, and is now a full-time judge on the Food Network’s Chopped, which has been nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award and granted Chef Chauhan the James Beard Award of Excellence.
Additionally, Chauhan was chosen as the only chef to cook at the first ever Indiaspora Inaugural Ball, honoring the re-election of President Barack Obama. Chauhan is currently in the process of developing a signature spice line and promoting her cookbook, Flavors Of My World.
For Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Chauhan has partnered with North Gulch Hospitality, which will be overseeing the construction of the restaurant.
"When we reached out to Maneet, we weren't sure if she would be responsive to the idea of opening her first restaurant in Nashville," said Anthem/Revelry co-owner Moni Advani in a release. "Not only was she responsive, but she was on a plane to Nashville the next week and we hit it off immediately. The fact that she has partnered with us to open her first restaurant is extremely humbling. We're very excited for people to see the finished product."