An Indian American chef Aarthi Sampath, emerged as the winner of Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay.” She had earlier won the reality-based cooking show, “Chopped,”.
The Seattle, Washington-based chef, whose winning dish was biryani, said in a statement, “I feel elated for the opportunity to represent Indian culture in the western market. Biryani although is nostalgia to others, it’s still not very known, rather the complexity of making it”. “The show, which was shot in December, required an entire day's shoot. It was scheduled on a Monday, which is my day off…..I am super happy to win the competition and this is just an additional feather in my cap,” says Sampath.
She grew up in Deonar's Patwardhan Colony, and began her career at Taj properties, in Mumbai, India. Sampath’s foray into the culinary world began with an exploration of flavors found in the diverse kitchens of Mumbai, and eventually led to her current position as Chef De Cuisine at Vikas Khanna's Junoon, a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in New York. At Junoon, Sampath is in-charge of standardising recipes, training staff, hiring and maintaining daily operations. "I specialise in nostalgic Indian flavours with a modern approach," says Sampath who applied for an internship at the restaurant in October 2014, after a pastry specialisation course from Johnson & Wales University.
Beat Bobby Flay is a cooking competition show in the US. The competition shows on the Food Network, features various chefs competing against Iron Chef Bobby Flay. Food Network regulars Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell and Giada De Laurentiis are among the judges appearing on the show.