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Karen Anand:  

Gourmet specialist, food consultant, writer and businesswoman!

Born in Mumbai on 23rd May 1960, Karen Anand grew up in London,karen Anand and was educated in England and Paris.  An  Honours Arts Graduate  in International Relations and French from Sussex University, she spent one year at Ecole des Sciences Politiques in Paris and three months in Russia. She is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Russian and Hindi. She also has a Diploma in French language and literature.

Karen's experience as a journalist includes freelancing for many foreign and Indian magazines. She had a regular weekly column called "Bon Vivant" in The Independent (India) till it folded up. This column continued in The Mumbai Times and Pune Times. She had a weekly column in the Saturday Times called "Lean Cuisine" and regular food columns in The Afternoon Despatch and Courier & Gentlemen magazine (Breaking Bread). She was the first food editor for ELLE, India.

 In 1991 she started a restaurant called Salad Bar at The Piano Bar, Mumbai. This was the first of its kind in Mumbai. She left to start her own business by launching the city's European Shop and delicatessen The Grand Cheese Bazaar, and her own brand label, Karen's, which produces whole fruit Preserves and Marmalades, Salad Dressings and specialty sauces. These products are today supplied to major Luxury Hotels.

She anchored the popular Food Programme "The Good Food Guide" for Star Plus in 1998.  She also co-authored the best seller, Penguin's "Food Lovers' Guide to Nepal and India", a selective restaurant guide.

Her latest culinary adventure takes her into the field of travel. She has recently launched Karen's Culinary Tours, taking small groups on food and wine tours of France.

- Prasad Hiranwar


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