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The company is ably managed by the Monish Gujral ,Grandson of the founder Kundan Lal Gujral(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundan_Lal_Gujral) https://web.archive.org/web/20170803162630/http://www.indiahospitalityreview.com/interviews/had-i-not-re-invented-brand-moti-mahal-would-have-become-thing-past-rather-legacy-future
Lala Kundan Lal Gujral is also known as the father of butter chicken, tandoori chicken and dal Makhani (https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/independence-day-special/story/20210830-kundan-lal-gujral-father-of-butter-chicken-1843143-2021-08-21)
Monish Gujral- a Restaurateur , Award winning Author, Food Columnist, A celebrity Chef and Tv Show Host.
Monish Gujral ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monish_Gujral) is custodian of the Moti Mahal brand, and Managing Director of the Moti Mahal Delux Management Services, an international chain of restaurants and franchises across India and the world. With an illustrious 10 -year old history , Moti Mahal( can justly claim to be the representative face of North Indian cuisine across continents. He has launched Motimahal Delux Tandoori Trail restaurant concept as a tribute to his Legendary Grand Father Kundan Lal Gujral which he has expanded into a global chain
Monish is credited with the trailblazing turn-around of Moti Mahal, from being a small but iconic presence in Delhi, to becoming a multi-national corporation that is well on its way to defining how the world eats Indian food. A traditionalist , Monish has remained true to the signature dishes that made Moti Mahal a legend, while reinventing the dining experience into one that is exciting and avant garde to suit modern sensibilities.
Within a short span of 7 years when he assumed control of the family-run enterprise , Monish has expanded the Company holdings from 4 restaurants in Delhi to more than a 100 outlets chain , making Motimahal as the largest chain of Indian restaurants in the world
This expansion is driven not simply by a desire to establish an empire, but by the imperative mission to preserve the authenticity of true North Indian cuisine ,with its trademark substratum of Punjabi-Pathani flavours . With a world hungry for Indian curries and tandoori preparations, it is increasingly important that these dishes should cross cultures and borders without losing their distinctive nuances and sub-notes. Standardization, quality and consistency are the hallmark of every Moti Mahal in the world. In Monish’s words , “This cuisine is a tradition to follow, a culture to preserve and a legacy to inherit”.
Monish Gujral inherits his passion for culinary integrity from his grandfather Kundan Lal Gujral, who conceived, created and gave the world one of its most beloved cuisines –Tandoori Cuisine. Shri Kundan Lal migrated from Peshawar to Delhi during the Partition of the Subcontinent, and set up the first Moti Mahal in 1947 , which went on to become the stuff of legend in his own lifetime. It was in these kitchens and under the close tutelage of his grandfather, that the young Monish , at the age of 17, learned the traditions, recipes and practices that today continue to be the bed-rock of the impeccable Moti Mahal culture worldwide.
Monish’s work-ethic derives from a commitment to integrity coupled with a finely developed business sense. And at the core of all he envisions , is his abiding belief in the sublimating power of good food .
Monish is one of the country’s foremost food- writers and is a regular columnist with India’s leading newspapers – The Sunday Standard(Food Bytes Column)The Hindustan Times (‘Food Wise’) and The Hindu (‘Food Trendz). He has hosted several well-received cookery shows on television for Food -Food Channel, CNEB, NDTV and National TV etc.
He is the author of Three very successful, Gourmand best in the world award wining , cookery books that have received wide critical acclaim:
‘Moti Mahal’s Tandoori Trail’ published in 2004, besides being a treasure-trove of recipes, includes a compilation of rare archival photographs of the Kennedys, Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Shah of Iran and other illustrious people who have over the years , succumbed to the delights of the Moti Mahal kitchens. The book was presented to the then President of India , his Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who enjoyed it so immensely that he presented copies of it as national gifts to visiting Heads of State . The book went on to top best-seller lists in the Cookery genre for 4 consecutive years in several countries. In 2004 , it was a finalist for the 10th Gourmand World Cookbook Awards , and in 2007, it was voted Best Book at the Indian Curry Festival in London
His second book, ‘On the Butter Chicken Trail’ published by Penguin India this year , bagged the Gourmand World Cookbook Award 2010 , in the Best Easy Recipe category , within a few months of its release.
His third and latest book “Kebab Trail” published by Penguin India consecutively bagged the Gourmand best cook book in the world in Foreign cuisine category in 2014
In March 2010 Monish Gujral was invited by Le Cordon Bleu Paris to teach Indian Culinary art to the students there , making him the first Indian ever to be invited by the legendary culinary institute. He was recently honored to be inducted as a part of jury by the Le cordon bleu Paris for the online chef completion to be held in January 2015.
In 2009 , in consonance with his conviction that Moti Mahal is a whole cultural heritage that goes beyond cuisine, Monish Gujral compiled a collection of Qawwali music ( a form that derives from the Sufi tradition) performed over the years at the original Moti Mahal restaurants in Delhi. The album was cut as a Music and Video CD in collaboration with the T-Series music company , and was released by the Minister of Tourism Mrs Renuka Choudhuri
Monish remains closely engaged with his alma mater, the Pusa Institute of Hotel Management, using his extensive experience to teach and train students . He has instituted an annual trophy for the Best Student Chef , in memory of his late grandfather.
Monish Gujral and his Moti Mahal chain have been widely acknowledged and felicitated at a range of forums :
. Times Hospitality icon of the Industry award 2019
- NDTV Profit World travel brands for the most admired Indian restaurant chain in 2013
- Asian Hotel Industry award for the restaurant and F&B retailer in Asia for the year 2012
- Awarded the BIZZ 2011- World Business Leader Award by Confederation of world Business in Orlando USA in 2011
- He received the Gourmand Best Easy recipe book in the world for his book On the Butter chicken Trail for 2009-10 in paris
- Gourmand best cook book award in Foreign cuisine for his book “kebab trail” in 2014 in China
- -Moti Mahal is winner of the Coca Cola Golden Spoon Award 2010 in the category : Most Admired F&B Retailer of the Year, Dine-in Indian Origin.
- -In 2006, Monish was honored at the International Chef Day celebrations of the PHD-CCI . He was inducted as a member of Indian Culinary Forum
- -He is recipient of the prestigious Carlsberg Award for creating the Best Innovative Dish .
- Moti Mahal was rated Best Restaurant in Delhi and NCR by Mail Today, February 2010
- Restaurant and nightlife magazine awarded Monish Gujral as the top Indian restaurateur
- www.monishgujral.com his blog has been highly recognized in the culinary world and now has been nominated by Gourmand to compete for the Top culinary blogs of the world .
- Moti Mahal was rated Best Mughlai Restaurant in Mumbai by Blurrp, 2008-2009
- In 2006, the prestigious magazine Upper Crust , voted the Monish Gujral`s Moti Mahal Delux Tandoori Trail Restaurant , Nariman Point among the Top Ten Restaurants of Mumbai.
- The Ambassador India H.E Mr. Arun .K . Singh to France invited Monish Gujral in October 2014 to Paris to host an evening in Paris around Monish Gujral and released his book”On the kebab Trail “ in Europe
Monish Gujral was born in Delhi in 1965 . He attended Modern School, Barakhamba Road, going on to graduate in Business Studies from Hansraj College, Delhi University, where he topped the College in his final year. He followed this up with an additional degree in Hotel Management from the Pusa Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, New Delhi. Here, once again he topped the College in the F&B Course.