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Jehangir Mehta (born July 9, 1971 in Mumbaimarker, Indiamarker) is the executive chef and owner of New York Citymarker restaurant Graffiti. He is also the author of the 2008 HarperCollins cookbook "Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence," offers a cooking class at his restaurant for children 4-14 called "Candy Camp" designed to build interest in more diverse foods, hosts exclusive in-home dinner parties and runs an event planning company.

In August 2009, Jehangir appeared on “Iron Chef America” on Food Network, and was the runner-up on the second season of “The Next Iron Chef” later in 2009.

Personal life

Jehangir Mehta was born on July 9, 1971 to Petras and Kolly Mehta in Mumbaimarker, Indiamarker where he was raised. After moving to the United Statesmarker, he met and married his wife, Hinata Jambuserwala. They currently live in New York Citymarker where they are raising twins.

Professional life

Jehangir holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Mumbai, which he pursued while also attending the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering, Technology and Applied Nutrition in Mumbaimarker, Indiamarker. Jehangir then moved to the United Statesmarker to attend The Culinary Institute of Americamarker in Hyde Parkmarker, New Yorkmarker and graduated from there in 1995.

After graduating from culinary school in 1996, Jehangir began his career at L'Absinthe in New York Citymarker. From there, he moved on to Typhoon Brewery where he worked as the pastry chef to James Chew, formerly of Vong fame.

Jehangir’s next move was to Jean Georges. In 1998, Jean Georges Vongerichten selected him to open his new restaurant, Mercer Kitchen, quickly to become one of the hottest destinations in New York Citymarker.

In 1999 he moved on to work with Rocco di Spirito at Union Pacific, and in 2001 joined Didier Virot, who had left Jean Georges to open the highly acclaimed although short-lived restaurant Virot. Jehangir’s next move was to Compass, where he became known for unorthodox but creative and intellectually driven desserts.

In 2002, Jehangir teamed up with Didier Virot as the pastry chef at Aix, located on the Upper West Sidemarker of Manhattanmarker, where he received acclaimed reviews for his pastry creations, while also consulting with Patricia Lo at Sapa and Michael Simon at Parea.

In 2007 Jehangir opened his first restaurant, Graffiti, where he is currently the executive chef and owner. In 2008, he authored his first cookbook, “Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence” which was published by HarperCollins.

Television and media coverage

Food Network

  • In August 2009, Jehangir appeared on Iron Chef America, where he lost to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto in Battle Coconut by only 1 point.
  • Beginning on October 4, 2009, Jehangir was a contestant on the new season of the reality show The Next Iron Chef. Jehangir finished second, losing in the final episode, telecast on November 22, to Jose Garces.


Other television appearances

  • In January 2009 Jehangir and Graffiti were featured on the Martha Stewart Show
  • In September 2009, Graffiti's beet ice cream was featured on The Dr. Oz Show as a food for preventing kidney stones.
  • Jehangir, and his restaurant Graffiti, have been featured on ABC, Fox News, NBC, Martha Stewart, and NY1 LXTV.


Media coverage

Jehangir has been featured in numerous publications in the United Statesmarker, including Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Vogue, The New York Times, New York, Time Out, Gotham, Daily News, New York Post. He has also been written up on various blogs including DailyCandy, Strong Buzz, Restaurant News, Grubb Street

Books

In 2008, Jehangir published his first cookbook:
  • Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence (HarperCollins, May 20, 2008) - ISBN 978-0-06-089985-1


Awards

  • Timeout: Best Pastry Chef run restaurant in 2008


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