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Dhruv Baker

Dhruv Baker

Dhruv Baker began his career in food after winning MasterChef in 2010. Born in Mexico and raised in India prior to moving to the UK in 1989, he was fortunate

enough to be exposed to a myriad of culinary influences from an early age. He describes his Mother as an ‘atrocious cook’, who taught herself to cook ‘astoundingly well’, and as a result she has been a great influence on his style of food & his determination to make food his life. After a 10 year career as a sales director, on winning MasterChef, it was time for him to pursue his dream of a career working in the food industry. During his time on MasterChef, Dhruv was fortunate to work in some of the UK’s finest restaurants including Le Gavroche, The Kitchin & Helene Darroze at The Connaught, which gave him an unrivalled insight into the industry. Following on from his win, Dhruv became a regular at the BBC Good Food Shows and a regularly presented on Waitrose TV, is a regular contributor to numerous publications and is also an in demand brand ambassador. Dhruv’s huge appeal comes from his ability to demystify spice and to make spices accessible and ‘friendly’. To that end, he was proud to work on his first book, Spice: Layers of Flavour, which was published by Orion in July 2014. In September 2014, Dhruv opened his first kitchen when he took over The Jolly Gardeners in South West London. The pub was revitalised with an exciting new menu, truly echoing Dhruv’s style with an emphasis on dishes that pack a punch, using the very best ingredients, simply. Most recently, Dhruv has returned to the stage to host Foodies Festivals across the country, has been filming a new food series in Croatia & judging the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastian. He cites one of the best things he did in 2016 as going to visit Ibérico pigs on a vast dehesa in Spain, accompanied by one of his chef heroes, Pierre Koffmann.
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