Anahita Dhondy is an Indian chef who is known for promoting the traditional Parsi food culture. She is a former chef of SodaBottleOpenerWala, the Bombay Irani Café, and the Bar chain. In 2019, she was listed among the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list for her contribution towards food sustainability and for popularising Parsi cuisine. In 2021, Anahita penned her first book titled Parsi Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family Book.
Anahita Dhondy Bhandari was born on Thursday, 23 May 1991 (age 31 years; as of 2022) in Delhi. Her zodiac sign is Gemini. She did her schooling at the Springdales School in Delhi. She holds a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts. From 2008 to 2012, she attended the The University of Huddersfield in England. In 2013, she graduated with a
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Family & Caste
Anahita belongs to a family of Parsis in Delhi.
Parents & Siblings
Her parents got married on 26 December 1985. Her father, Navroze Dhondy, is an entrepreneur. Her mother, Nilufer Dhondy, is a home chef and baker. Anahita has a brother, Kurush Dhondy, who lives in London.
On 17 November 2017, Anahita Dhondy got married to a lawyer named Arush Bhandari, who belongs to a Punjabi family.
After completing a Cordon Bleu Grand Diplome in London, Anahita Dhondy returned to India and teamed with restaurateur A.D. Singh to launch the first SodaBottleOpenerWala at Cyber Hub in Gurgaon in 2013. At the age of 23, she began working as a chef manager there. Forbes Later, she led the opening of multiple restaurant branches in cities including Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bangalore, and worked for them for eight years straight. The Indian Express She handled seven outlets of Bombay Irani Café across three cities. for In 2022, Anahita Dhondy and the food & beverage entrepreneur Vishal Anand partnered with Moonshine Food Ventures LLP to establish a 150-seat restaurant named Glasshouse at Worldmark in Gurugram. Anahita levelled up her career by being appointed as the head chef for Glasshouse.
Awards & Achievements
- 2013: Times Food Guide & Nightlife Award for Noteworthy Newcomer
- 2017: ‘Indian of the Year’ in the hospitality sector as Chef Manager of SodaBottleOpenerWala
- 2018: Condé Nast Traveller’s Innovator of the Year
- 2019: Featured on the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 list for her contribution towards food sustainability and for popularising Parsi cuisine
- Restaurant(s): Kaizu (Japanese), COYA (Latin-American) (Both restaurants are in Abu Dhabi, Arab Emirates)
- Food Market: Borough Market in London, United Kingdom
- When Anahita was studying in school, she used to help her mother in the kitchen, cooking dishes and icing cakes.
- In 2018, Anahita got the opportunity to speak at the UN in New York alongside the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Facebook – Anahita Dhondy
- In an interview, Anahita revealed that apart from cooking in the professional kitchen, things that keep her busy include socialising, dancing, reading girly novels, listening to music, and cooking for her family.
- Anahita represented India and SodaBottleOpenerWala at the EAT Forum 2018.
- In 2017, she appeared as a judge in an all-women cooking TV show ‘Femme Foodies,’ which aired on Living Foodz.
- In an interview, she revealed that she loved Prawn Patio especially those with pumpkin, brinjal, or a plain tomato patio. She also said that she and her Punjabi husband ate it twice a week. Hindustan Times
- On 25 June 2021, Anahita wrote her first book titled Parsi Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family Book, which is based on Anahita’s collection of recipes including her grandmother’s Ravo, Bombay duck that was inspired by her travels through Gujarat, and the quirky tales behind her beloved dishes.
- In an interview, while talking about her book ‘Parsi Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family Book,’ Anahita said,
Parsi Kitchen is a book that, I would say, is not just filled with recipes but has lovely and interesting stories in it. The stories are equally important because they give context to the recipes. The book has a beautiful collection of not only recipes but food pictures, stories, and contributions from all my family members. It took me five long years to put it together and it is my journey of stepping into my own cuisine. Through this book, I really want to make Parsi cuisine so famous that every week, one dish should be cooked in your home.”
- In an interview, Anahita revealed that when she was studying in London, she used to miss home-cooked food a lot; and while she was learning new cuisines, she began missing Parsi cuisine even more which is why she decided to learn more about Parsi food. She further added that she did not learn Parsi cuisine from any school or institute.
- Anahita considers her mother, grandmother, and aunts as her teachers who taught her how to cook.
- In an interview, while talking about popularizing Parsi flavours globally, Anahita said,
Well, now it is my mission to make Parsi cuisine very popular not only in India but around the globe. I want people to cook Parsi dishes at least once or twice at their homes. They can make Parsi dishes as a part of their celebratory menu with dishes like Mava Cake, Dhansaak, and simple kadhi chawal. That is why I have got a complete book on the same. Additionally, I make a lot of videos on social media on Parsi recipes so that maximum information can be disseminated and recipes don’t die out. I am doing small pop-ups, and classes so that one day everyone will enjoy cooking Parsi food and one day it will become the most popular cuisine.”
- Anahita Dhondy consumes alcoholic beverages on several occasions.
- On 13 November 2016, she appeared as a guest judge in the competitive cooking Indian reality TV show MasterChef India- Season 5 on StarPlus alongside chefs Vikas Khanna, Zorawar Kalra, and Kunal Kapur.
- In 2023, she appeared on MasterChef India- Season 7 as a guest chef and challenged all the participants for ‘The Pressure Test.’