Mumbai-native Raghavan Iyer, a Certified Culinary Professional and a member of The International Association of Culinary Professionals, has a degree in Chemistry, Bombay University, and Hotel and Restaurant Management, Michigan State University. He is a cookbook author, culinary educator, spokesperson, and consultant to numerous national and international clients and was named a 2008 Sustainable Seafood Ambassador for Monterey Bay Aquarium. He is the author of "Betty Crocker's Indian Home Cooking," "The Turmeric Trail: Recipes and Memories from an Indian Childhood," 2003 James Beard Awards Finalist: Best International Cookbook, and "660 Curries," shortlisted among the top cookbooks for 2008 by NPR, the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Food and Wine Magazine (among many others). The book was named 2008 Best Asian Cookbook in the USA by World Gourmand Awards. He received the 2004 International Association of Culinary Professional's Award of Excellence (formerly the Julia Child Awards) for Cooking Teacher of the Year, and was a Finalist for a 2005 James Beard Journalism Award as a contributing writer for EatingWell Magazine. Iyer is co-founder of the Asian Culinary Arts Institutes, Ltd. (www.asianculinaryarts.com).
With over 24 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Iyer is also fluent in more than six languages. He has appeared in numerous radio and television shows across the United States and Canada.
Raghavan offers two hands-on culinary experiences, 3.5 hours each, during which you will enjoy preparing your own meal along with fellow cooks. Classes take place at La Cocina Que Canta, our culinary center.
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