AMHERST, Mass. – As part of UMass Dining’s weekly guest chef series, New Delhi-born “Top Chef Master” Suvir Saran will be preparing food and training dining staff at both retail and residential dining commons from Nov. 19-21.
A master of blending new and old world flavors, Saran coined his own culinary philosophy, “American Masala,” which celebrates the best of American and Indian cuisine. Saran’s showcase recipes—which focus on healthy and simple preparation— will be featured at the newly renovated Blue Wall dining facility in the Lincoln Campus Center for lunch on Thursday, Nov. 20, and his specialty menu will be featured at Hampshire Dining Commons for dinner on Friday, Nov. 21 accompanied by a presentation in the Hampshire Room at 7 p.m.
In addition to his success on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Masters,” Saran is also the chairman of Asian culinary studies for the Culinary Institute of America, has three published cookbooks, teaches culinary classes across the country, and has delivered keynote addresses for the New York City Wine & Food Festival, the Healthy Kitchens Conference, and the Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
“We’re thrilled to have Chef Suvir here at UMass,” says Ken Toong, executive director of UMass Auxiliary Enterprises. “He’s an incredibly talented chef with a big personality, and his food has even bigger and bolder flavors.”
Saran’s dinner and presentation at the Hampshire Dining Commons on Friday night are open to the public for $13 per person.