Darjeeling Express’ Asma Khan has been named as the first chef from Britain to appear on the popular, award-winning Netflix original series, Chef’s Table.
Eater dot com reports that Khan, along with chefs Mashama Bailey, Sean Brock, and Dario Cecchini, will appear on season six of the show, which is due to air in spring 2019.
Khan is the chef and owner of Darjeeling Express, the acclaimed Indian restaurant — famous for its all-female kitchen staff — that emerged from a supper club, whose final residence took place at the Sun & 13 Cantons on Soho’s Beak Street.
Khan, who was born into a royal family in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, norther India, became interested in cooking only in adulthood — at a time when she was working as a constitutional law scholar in Cambridge. (She moved to the U.K. in 1991). It was around then that she realised her husband was a bad cook, so travelled back to India in 1993 to cook in the kitchens of family members, mastering their recipes and studying 1930s Royal Nawabi and Mughal cuisine. In 2012, she decided to change careers and launch a supper club, which was initially run out of her home.
In addition to her Mughlai roots on her father’s side, Khan cooks the food of Calcutta, the city where she was born and brought up.
Darjeeling Express opened in Kingly Court, Soho, last year.
Chef’s Table Season 6 premieres on 22 February 2019.