With sadness, we announce – Cuisine King Jiggs Kalra no more. Mr. Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra, popularly known as Jiggs Kalra, has passed away yesterday morning. He was variously called the “Czar of Indian Cuisine” and “Tastemaker to the Nation,” – titles conferred on him by the Late Khushwant Singh. Jiggs Kalra was a pioneering food columnist and author, culinary revivalist, gastronome, food consultant, anchor of two popular television programs and a restaurateur.
Being in the industry for more than 40 years, he pioneered the renewal of some of India’s lost recipes and dishes and introduced the country’s cuisine to people abroad. He was also credited with establishing some of the nation’s renowned culinary addresses.
Amongst many of his notable achievements, he was also the Consulting Food Editor to Bennett Coleman & Co. publications – The Times of India and Femina. 1997 saw him being appointed the Advisor to the India Trade Promotion Organization, by the Indian Government. Over the past few years as the Mentor and Culinary Director at Massive Restaurants, Mr. Kalra had been instrumental in launching multi-award winning, critically acclaimed, revolutionary restaurant concepts like Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Made in Punjab, Farzi Café and Pa Pa Ya.