Cooking Culture: Chef Asif R. Syed

Host Katie Hamilton Shaffer is joined by Chef Asif R. Syed as he teaches us his authentic and easy take on Tandoori Chicken. With a variety of complex and unique spices, Indian cuisine can be daunting to prepare for the home cook…you too can do this!

ABOUT COOKING CULTURE: Food is a common bond. A shared necessity and delight, it’s as key to art as it is to life. History has continued to document our need to nourish. From still life paintings to cult TV, food sustains many of our great cultural works and has a way of bringing people together that other life experiences may not. It can persuade, romance, celebrate and comfort. Cooking is a culture.

ABOUT CHEF ASIF R. SYED:

Chef was born and raised near Hyderabad, India, known as the ancient City of Kings and Pearls and famous for its Muglai cuisine. Originally drawn to art and painting, Chef Asif trained and worked as a chef in India after completing his degree in hotel management and catering. His progressive style of fusion cooking was developed and honed after spending time traveling and working in Europe. He learned to blend classic techniques with the exotic tastes acquired during his travels into his signature culinary style, to create his contemporary Indian Cuisine restaurant, 21 Spices.

For the past 14 years, he has been the award-winning Executive Chef at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort. In 2013 and 2015, Chef Asif was named the winner of the Tampa Bay International Curry Festival. He has worked with many celebrity chefs around the globe and, in October 2015, Chef Asif was a competitor on Food Network’s popular cooking competition, “Guy’s Grocery Games,” hosted by Guy Fieri.

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