In saddening news, J. Inder Singh Kalra, or Jiggs Kalra, has passed away.
The czar of Indian cuisine, as he was fondly called, was a journalist once and then went on to become a food consultant.
He was one of the most respected names in the Indian culinary and was credited for putting Indian cuisine on the world map.
Popularly referred to as the ‘Taste maker to the Nation’, Kalra was a respected food columnist, author, gastronome and food consultant.
In his career that spanned close to five decades, Kalra has played a significant role and set several milestones in Indian cuisine.
He was the first Asian to have been inducted in the International Food & Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame.
Kalra had authored over 11 books revolving around Indian cuisine including PRASHAD, which the aspiring chefs continue to swear by.
Kalra was often credited to have initiated the first-ever food-based show on Indian television.
He was the Chairman & Manager Director of Bawarchi Talla and was also assisting his son Zorawar Kalra at Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd.
While no official statement has been released by the family, Twitter is flooded with condolences for the family.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta took to social media to mourn the loss.
Popular food critic Vir Sanghvi took to social media and penned a heartfelt note remembering Kalra.