Chef Vikas Khanna was honored with Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) degree at a special convocation. He dedicated his degree to his grandmother. He also inaugurated the iHOST 2018, the 3rd International Conference on Hospitality & Tourism, organized by Le Cordon Bleu School of Hospitality, GD Goenka University.
The teary-eyed 46-year-old now Dr. Chef Vikas Khanna said “It’s been a long journey for about 28 years of cooking and researching Indian cuisine. I dedicate this doctorate to my grandmother. She was a guiding light, she gave me one mantra - Don’t listen to people, write your own story because when you write your own stories, one day it will become an epic. It’s my utmost honor to receive this recognition from GD Goenka University. I look forward to the University continuing on its path as a great learning institute, appreciating and encouraging philanthropic work and excellence across streams.”
Vikas Khanna has restored pride in Indian cuisine globally, has authored over 29 books. His 21st book, the magnum opus – Utsav – A Culinary Epic of Indian Festivals was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival which is a landmark in the history of Cannes.
Born with misaligned feet, Chef Khanna started his journey from rolling bread at the revered Golden Temple in Amritsar. He learned the art of cooking from his grandmother in Amritsar. He is the host of MasterChef India, Twist of Taste on FOX Life, Junior Master Chef India aired on Star Plus.
“Chef Vikas is the personification of his own words which I quote - To teach is great, but to inspire is divine. In recognition of Chef Vikas Khanna’s exemplary contribution to the culinary art; his extraordinary passion to conserve and promote the rich culture, tradition, and heritage of the Indian cuisine globally and for his significant service to humanity, GD Goenka University takes pride in awarding him the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa). This is the first time that GD Goenka University confers an honorary doctorate”, Prof. Shrihari, the VC of the university said.