Indiaspora Holiday Culinary Show with Two-star Michelin Chef Srijith Gopinathan

November 24, 2020 Virtual

We held an Indiaspora Holiday Culinary Show with dear friend and world renowned Chef Srijith Gopinathan of Taj Campton Place San Francisco, the Executive Chef of one of the only Indian restaurants to be awarded two Michelin stars. He offered a fabulous virtual culinary demonstration for our members, several of whom cooked alongside him in their kitchens.

Chef Srijith demonstrated simple yet mouth-watering items (vegetarian- and health-forward) for the Diwali and Thanksgiving holiday season.

Chef Srijith’s culinary extravaganza included:
  • Spice Roasted Heirloom Cauliflower Steak
  • Coconut Quinoa
  • Green squash with Snap Peas and Curry Leaves
  • A surprise Pineapple Brulee dessert!

 

Chef Sri also surprised us with a special dessert – a pineapple brûlée with an Indian twist!

Srijith Gopinathan profile pic.pngChef Srijith Gopinathan of Taj Campton Place San Francisco
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Srijith worked in the illustrious kitchen of Raymond Blanc and Gary Jones at the Michelin two-starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in England, where he honed his extensive repertoire of classical European techniques. Chef Srijith also spent time in upscale hotels in India before taking the helm at Taj Exotica in the Maldives. For the past ten years, Chef Srijith has used his unique skill set to create the most refined version of contemporary Cal-Indian cuisine at Campton Place. For eight years in a row, Chef Srijith earned a Michelin star for this landmark San Francisco dining establishment, including two stars in 2016 and 2017.


In addition to the Michelin accolade, Chef Srijith and Campton Place were awarded 3.5 stars from the San Francisco Chronicle for his food. His regular forays to Bay Area farmers markets inspire him to combine peak-season ingredients with spice route flourishes that enhance, but never overwhelm. His nuanced palate enables him to create balanced flavors in dishes that surprise and delight. Chef Srijith’s versatility and depth of knowledge are such that he regularly enters the pastry realm, creating the restaurant’s elegant desserts. Chef Srijith truly values his time in San Francisco, a city he believes affords chefs and diners the best ingredients on the planet.