NALINI MEHTA

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James Beard Foundation - Women in Culinary Leadership Program Mentee

Nalini started teaching Ayurveda cooking classes 12 in NYC years ago . She began her career in the food industry as a culinary instructor at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health followed by Whole Foods Culinary Center, Institute of Culinary Education and NY Open Center teaching vegetarian cooking classes. She has also worked at Candle Café restaurant and Hampton Chutney in New York City.

She has been a speaker at several institutes like Baruch College, Rubin Museum of Art and Princeton University, United Nations Spice Club. Her classes seemed to fan people's passion, curiosity and interest in a unique experience of India through its holistic food.
Through RTI she offers an array of vegetarian cooking classes options all rooted in the science and philosophy of Ayurveda along with annual Ayurveda Culinary trips to India.Today RTI has shared this rich culinary experience with over 1500 people by offering public and online classes as well as corporate team building.

The Women in Culinary Leadership (WCL) Program is an accelerated, learning-by-doing mentorship initiative.  Since launching in 2012, WCL has provided mentorship opportunities for over 42 women in the culinary industry.