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Samira Nanda

Celebrity NY chef, host of Essence of India on Gusto TV

Samira Nanda is a New York celebrity chef and host of the food-travel show Essence of India, airing on Gusto TV (Canada’s new Food & Lifestyle channel, She spent 15 years in her early career as an editor and journalist, including stints at the Huffington Post and Reuters. She got her start in front of the camera spending three years as a VJ for Star TV (Indian entertainment network). Samira’s passion for food and cooking stems from watching three generations of women in her family cook the best Indian food, with a health conscious element.

She followed that passion by working summers at the Windsor Manor in Bangalore India, home to some of India's finest restaurants. Working behind the scenes. Samira learned skills and tricks from chefs of The Royal Afghan and the Windsor Manor Cafe and Brasserie. Essence of India will return in January 2015. Gusto TV airs on Bell TV/Fibe Ch. 619/1619. It is also available on the East and West coasts on Eastlink and TELUS Optik TV.