When people meet me, they often ask me where I'm from -- they can't place the accent in combination with the features! I've always thought that my identity comes through more clearly on the plate though... a soul forever rooted in the soil of India, with blossoms in the Middle East where I grew up, and now bearing fruit in the ultimate melting pot, the United States. I try to take the unfamiliar and weave them into the familiar, drawing inspiration from farmers markets, spice stores, grandmothers and restaurants everywhere I go.