• Saturday, June 25, 2022


Indian restaurant ‘Chai Pani’ wins best eatery award in US

Ingrid Hoffmann and Sara Mayer speak onstage with winner ‘Chai Pani’ during the 2022 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards at Lyric Opera of Chicago on June 13, 2022, in Chicago, Illinois, the US. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for James Beard Foundation )

By: Shubham Ghosh

AN Indian street-food eatery in North Carolina called ‘Chai Pani’ has been picked as America’s Most Outstanding Restaurant at the James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago on Monday (13), Bloomberg reported.

The restaurant, located in Asheville, bagged the accolades at an event which was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 – two years when the Covid-19 lockdown saw temporary closure of many restaurants in the US, one of the worst affected countries in the world.

According to the Bloomberg report, the recipients of the 2022 award were more diverse which well reflected America’s makeup. It was also more geographically diverse, unlike the past years when many of the winners came from either New York or Chicago.

The menu at ‘Chai Pani’, which literally means ‘tea and water’, features Indian snacks called “chaat” which is known for a mixed flavour.

Other winners included the native American restaurant ‘Owamni’ in Minneapolis, where the staff is 75 per cent indigenous, as Best New Restaurant.

Don Guerra at Barrio Bread in Tucson, Arizona, was chosen as the Outstanding Baker. He is known for using ancient grains that have seeds that can grow in the desert.

Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah, Georgia, was named the Outstanding Chef while Chris Bianco of Tratto, Pane Bianco and Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix was named as the Outstanding Restaurateur.

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