Vikas Khanna is an Indian chef, restaurateur, cookbook writer, filmmaker and humanitarian. He is one of the judges of Star Plus series MasterChef India. He is based in New York City.
While in India, Khanna worked for the Taj Hotels, Oberoi group, Welcom group, and Leela Group of Hotels.
Khanna had worked at Salaam Bombay and The Café at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York before he joined Junoon, an upscale Indian restaurant in Flatiron district of Manhattan. Junoon received a favorable review from Sam Sifton in The New York Times in its inaugural year and was awarded a Michelin star by the Michelin Guide for six consecutive years since 2011.
He has also worked with top chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Eric Ripert, Bobby Flay and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
In 2020, he opened a restaurant called Ellora in Dubai.
In 2011, Khanna hosted the second season of MasterChef India, a series based on the original British version. He has been hosting all the seasons of the show since then. Khanna was invited as a guest judge on MasterChef Australia in Season 6.
He has hosted four seasons of the show Twist of Taste on Fox Life.
Khanna was featured as a Consultant chef on the Gordon Ramsay TV series Kitchen Nightmares.
Khanna appeared as a judge and an Indian-cuisine specialist on the two-part season finale of Hell’s Kitchen.
He has appeared on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay as a judge and as a guest chef on The Martha Stewart Show.
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