Gourmet specialist, food consultant, writer and
Born in Mumbai on
23rd May 1960, Karen Anand grew up
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
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
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
- Prasad Hiranwar