The Chef


Chef Ritu Dalmia needs no introduction. Her insatiable appetite for endless gastronomic innovation and her collection of fine wines has warmed many hungry souls.

“Use the freshest of ingredients, and you cannot go wrong.”

Interestingly, she has not undergone any professional training to become the award winning Chef she is today. She cooked her first meal at the tender age of nine and has since built her expertise through experience, natural instinct, and immense passion for food. Her most important kitchen tip is – “Use the freshest of ingredients, and you cannot go wrong.”

Chef Dalmia’s love affair with Italian cuisine began during her frequent visits to Italy while she was supporting her family’s marble business. At the age of twenty-one she started her first restaurant, Mezzaluna in Delhi, which was, in her words, 'a wonderful disaster' and so, after three years she closed shop. Moving to London she launched the much revered Indian restaurant Vama, with her partner Andy Verma, which was a roaring success.

Her heart, however, longed to return to India. Thus, she returned to Delhi in 2000, and opened DIVA with her friend Gita Bhalla. She now owns & manages a family of six unique restaurants in Delhi, as well as a thriving catering business. She is the host of two immensely popular cookery shows on national television – Italian Khana and Travelling Diva on NDTV Good Times, in addition to authoring three cookbooks - Italian Khana, Travelling Diva – Recipes from around the world, and Diva Green.

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