Chef Maneet Chauhan is the founding partner and president of Morph Hospitality Group in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a recipient of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award for her role as a permanent judge on Food Network’s “Chopped,” and sits on the panel of judges for Food Network’s “Wedding Cake Championship.” In addition to her television career, Chef Chauhan is the author of an award-winning cookbook, Flavors of My World, and will be releasing a new cookbook in the fall of 2020 with publisher Clarkson Potter, styled as a travelogue featuring Indian chaats alongside her adventures on the Indian railways.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Chauhan worked in some of the finest hotels in her native India before the start of her professional career in the States, and is heavily lauded by print and broadcast media globally, including features in publications such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, The Local Palate, Wine Enthusiast, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Post, Times of India, The Telegraph and more.
As the founding partner of Morph Hospitality Group, Chef Chauhan, along with her husband and business partner Vivek, oversees all of Morph’s concepts: Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tànsuǒ, The Mockingbird and Chaatable. She is also the co-owner of Mantra Artisan Ales in Franklin, Tennessee. Prior to founding Morph, Chef Chauhan worked as executive chef in successful ventures such as Vermilion in Chicago, which received accolades from Chicago magazine, Esquire, Time Out and Wine Enthusiast under her leadership.
Chef Chauhan chose Nashville for her first namesake restaurant after being contacted by developer Moni Advani to come down to Music City for a visit. It was during her first trip that she fell in love with the city and its people and decided to stay.
In her local community, Chef Chauhan is a passionate advocate for the March of Dimes, and was the 2016 Chair for March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction. She has also been honored as one of the Nashville Business Journal’s “40 under 40”, which highlights young, successful business leaders, as well as Nashville Lifestyles Women in Business, which showcases local women who are at the top of their respective industries.
When she’s not in the kitchen or traveling, Chef Chauhan can be found at home in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, Vivek and their daughter, Shagun and son, Karma.