Chef K.N. Vinod
Chef Vinod has been pleasing the palates of Washingtonians for over two decades with his acclaimed restaurants. Indique and Indique Heights have received rave reviews in the press from the Washingtonian Magazines, Washington Times, Washington Post, Fox TV, Style Magazine, zagat Surveys and just about every magazine that reviews restaurants. Indique in Cleveland Park was one of the three nominees for the Rammy Awards in 2006. Vinod's restaurants have hosted gourmands, foodies and celebrities including the former President of India, Mr. K.R.Narayanan, the former secretary of state Ms. Madeleine Albright, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Ambassadors of various countries, Media personalities, other celebrity chefs, as well as the Club des Chefs des Chefs (an international organization of Chefs of Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers).
A graduate of the Institute of Hotel Management (Madras, India), Vinod has undergone extensive Chef training with various Hotels in India and also attended the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. He further honed his culinary skills under many well-known chefs including Roger Moncourt, the French Chef who introduced French Cuisine to India. Vinod served as the first chef of the Burgundy, an upscale fine dining restaurant serving classical French cuisine at the Ashok Hotel, New Delhi.
Chef Vinod has represented India at Indian Food Festivals across the globe. He led a team of chefs to the Festival of India held in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution in 1985. In 2002 Vinod's restaurants had the honor of running the food Concession at the prestigious Silk Road Festival organized by the Smithsonian. It catered to about 4000 people a day at the National Mall.
He is a frequent guest at the Smithsonian Resident Associate Programs. Chef Vinodvolunteers his time to teach at the DC Central Kitchen and is also a member of the Chef Network at the World Central Kitchen.
Chef Vinod is often invited by Chefs Alice Waters, Jose Andres and cookbook author Joan Nathan to join other celebrity chefs to host one of the fundraiser dinners called Sunday Night suppers; this prestigious $ 600/- per guest gourmet dinner usually raises more than $ 200,000- for various DC charities.
His hobbies are International travel and photography. Chef Vinod has also appeared on Fox TV, Channel 9 WUSA, TV Asia, etc. doing cooking demonstrations and as a judge at cooking competitions. He recently participated on Food Network's 'Beat Bobby Flay', which will air January 14, 2016.