Host of Emmy Winning Documentary Asian Flavors

2004 IACP President 2014-2015

2005 James Beard Journalism Awards Finalist

2004 IACP Teacher of the Year Winner

2003 James Beard Finalist For Best International Cookbook - The Turmeric Trail

Professional Member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals

ABOUT RAGHAVAN IYER Video Class: "Indian Curries: The Basics & Beyond" - 2016 James Beard Journalism Award Winner

Host of Emmy® winning documentary Asian Flavors,Bombay-native Raghavan Iyer, a Certified Culinary Professional, and a member and President (2014-2015) of The International Association of Culinary Professionals, has acquired degrees in Chemistry (Bombay University), Hotel, and Restaurant Management (Michigan State University). Raghavan Iyer The Spice Curator He is a cookbook author, culinary educator, spokesperson, and consultant to numerous national and international clients including General Mills, Bon Appetit Management Company, Target, and Canola. He helped launch an Indian Meals program for Bon Appétit Management Company and trained all their chefs across the United States in Indian cuisine and Global Vegan Cuisine through 35+ national workshops. He helped design and open an Indian-concept café, Naan, August 2014 at Case Western Reserve University that serves his creations. He helped design a shelf-stable, Indian, ready-to-eat meals for Target’s Archer Farms brand. He was named a 2008 Sustainable Seafood Ambassador for the prestigious Monterey Bay Aquarium. More recently, he was awarded the Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers. He was the culineer for an upscale/casual Indian-themed restaurant. Most recently he launched a line of roasted spice blends that sells online as well as some high-end retail partners.

He is the author of Betty Crocker’s Indian Home Cooking (Wiley, 2001), The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood (St. Martin’s Press, 2002) - 2003 James Beard Awards Finalist: Best International Cookbook, and 660 Curries (Workman Publishing, 2008). 660 Curries was shortlisted among the top cookbooks for 2008 by National Public Radio, the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Food and Wine Magazine (among many others). Raghavan Iyer's Books and Awards The book has been named 2008 Best Asian Cookbook in the USA by World Gourmand Awards. A companion video series for 660 Curries has been released in conjunction with His fourth book Indian Cooking Unfolded (Workman Publishing, 2013) was released to critical and public acclaim and was in the top cookbooks for 2013 in the Boston Globe, National Public Radio, and The Splendid Table, among others. It was a finalist for an IACP Cookbook award in 2014. He was a contributor to a historical book with recipes for the Minnesota Historical Press Asian Flavors (2012) as well as host for its PBS-affiliate produced documentary based on that book, which won an Emmy®2013. He is also at work on securing sponsorship for a 13-part national PBS TV series called Indian Cooking Unfolded. He is currently at work on You Say Potato (Workman, 2016), a passionate book on the ethnic world of potatoes. His app for ipad with video, Raghavan’s Indian Flavors, is available through ITunes as well as the Android marketplace. He received the highly coveted 2004 International Association of Culinary Professional’s Award of Excellence (formerly the Julia Child Awards) for Cooking Teacher of the Year, and was a Finalist for a 2005 James Beard Journalism Award as a contributing writer for EatingWell Magazine. His numerous articles have appeared in national food publications and online media like Zester Daily, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking,Saveur, Weight Watchers Magazine, Cooking Pleasures, and the internationally renowned literary food magazine Gastronomica

Iyer is co-founder of the Asian Culinary Arts Institutes, Ltd an organization dedicated to the preservation, understanding, and enjoyment of the culinary arts of Asia. He is President-elect of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Culinary Professionals and also a frequent judge for the cookbook awards for the prestigious James Beard Foundation.

An accomplished and prolific culinary instructor at many international, national, and local venues, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Annual Conferences in Phoenix, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montreal, Dallas, Seattle, and Chicago. With over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Iyer is also fluent in more than six languages. Annually, he leads food and cultural tours to India.

He has appeared in hundreds of radio and television shows across the United States and Canada including National Public Radio’s All things considered, Martha Stewart Radio, The Splendid Table (national public radio show with Lynne Rossetto Kasper), WGN Morning News (WGN Chicago), Good Day Atlanta (WAGA TV - Fox Affiliate), Good Day Tampa (Fox Affiliate Tampa), The Morning Show (KARE 11 – NBC Affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul), and the Vicki Gabereau Show (national Canadian television talk show).