Charming, creative and clairvoyant, that’s chef Jehangir Mehta at his best. His flair for finesse and perfection reflecting in his personality and his cooking. A participant in Food Network’s Next Iron Chef Redemption 2012, the runner-up at the Next Iron Chef 2009, a participant in the Iron Chef America and a guest on Martha Stewart Living, chef Jehangir Mehta has built quite a fan following! However, patrons at Graffiti, Me & You, and Mehtaphor, Jehangir’s restaurants in Manhattan, don’t watch television to be ardent fans. They simply love the food and the man who created it.
Prior to his own restaurant soiree, Jehangir was the highly acclaimed pastry chef at some of New York City’s finest restaurants including Aix, Union Pacific, Mercer Kitchen, Compass, and Jean-Georges, and also the author of Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence (Harper Collins). Apart from his restaurants Jehangir also runs a successful event management business, that does catering for private events and weddings.
As passionate as Jehangir is about his work, he is even more passionate about helping children enjoy food and eat healthy. Ten years ago, he was a pioneer in this field, when he started “Candy Camp”, a fun filled private cooking class for children. Since then, he has worked closely with Whole Foods in a nationwide program called “Kids Food Adventure with Chef Jehangir”, as well as worked with other entities such as Scholastics, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, and at Kids Food Festivals. However he is known best for his own kids’ initiative; “Gastro Kids After School”, a program, that runs at Mehtaphor, and for the work he does as part of “Wellness in Schools” working with kids at PS 107 in Brooklyn.
Jehangir is an alumni of Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York, and prior to that, an alumnus of the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering, Technology and Applied Nutrition in Mumbai. Jehangir also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai.
At all his restaurants, Jehangir’s dishes have been inspired by his love for spices and ingredients and his trademark style has been featured in not only traditional food magazines but also Vogue, and the New Yorker. Jehangir is the chef ambassador for the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness and will be touring the country to encourage more fine dining restaurants to offer gluten free options to customers. Jehangir is also the chef ambassador for the Mushroom Council and promotes the use of mushrooms in fine dining.