Priyam Chatterjee became 1st Indian chef to win French honour

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Priyam Chatterjee became the 1st Indian chef to be awarded the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricoleto’ by the government of France to recognise his contribution towards reinventing the gastronomic scene in India.

  • Chatterjee is best known for revisiting the traditional dishes from his native state of West Bengal and giving it a French twist.
  • ‘Ordre du Mérite Agricole’ (Order of Agricultural Merit) is a distinction bestowed by the French Republic for outstanding contributions, to agriculture, agro-food industry and gastronomy.
  • French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler conferred Indian chef Chatterjee, who is currently the head chef at Jaan Restaurant Yacht in France, before that he was the head chef of Rooh, and Qla, in Mehrauli(France).
  • Started the first professional career at Park Hyatt in Hyderabad, Chatterjee is popularly known for traditional dishes of West Bengal and giving it a French twist.
  • The award was instituted in 1883, is a distinction bestowed by the French Republic for outstanding contributions, among others, to agriculture, agro-food industry, and gastronomy.