|Garima Arora Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||November 9, 1986|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Garima Arora is an Indian chef who is best known as the first Indian female to have earned a ‘Michelin Star’. ‘Michelin Stars’ are awarded through the Michelin Guide, a series of guidebooks that have been published by the French tire company Michelin since 1904. The Michelin Guide awards up to 3 ‘Michelin Stars’ for excellence to a select few establishments in the world. In April 2017, Garima opened a three-storey restaurant called Gaa in Bangkok that curates a modern tasting menu using traditional Indian cooking techniques. She and Gaa were awarded the aforementioned ‘Michelin Star’ in November 2018. In March 2019, the restaurant made its debut on ‘Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants’ at number 16, winning the ‘Highest New Entry’ award. In September 2022, it was announced that she would be joining, as a co-judge, MasterChef India, the Indian version of the globally popular competitive cooking game show franchise MasterChef Australia, in the show’s 7th season (starting October 2022). This made her the first female co-judge in the history of MasterChef India.
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
She splits her time between Bangkok, Thailand, and Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Garima, after her high school graduation, in 2005, joined the University of Mumbai, a collegiate, state-owned, public research university in Mumbai. She graduated from there in 2008 with a BMM (Bachelor of Mass Media) degree in journalism.
A few months later, she joined Le Cordon Bleu (‘The Blue Ribbon’ in French) in Paris, part of an international network (35 institutes in 20 countries, with more than 20,000 students of different nationalities) of hospitality and culinary schools that teach French haute cuisine. She graduated from there in 2010 with a grand diploma in cuisine and patisserie.
- Father – Anil Arora
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
56 kg or 123.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Garima, in a November 2018 interview with Outlook Traveller, stated that she always tells her husband, a pilot, that if she were not a cook, she too would have been a pilot. She has not publicly revealed her husband’s name or their relationship timeline.
Race / Ethnicity
- Slender frame
- Shoulder-length, side-parted hair
- Affable smile
- Radiant face
Garima Arora Facts
- After graduating from the University of Mumbai in 2008, Garima briefly pursued a career in journalism before leaving for France to study cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
- From April 2011 to April 2012, she served as an intern at a restaurant called Commis I (now known as Table 9 by Nick and Scott) in Dubai. Thereafter, for about a year, she worked at Verre, a restaurant operated by renowned chef Gordon Ramsay which was located within the Hilton Dubai Creek.
- In February 2013, she began working as a ‘Chef de Partie’ at Noma, a triple ‘Michelin Star’ restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. She worked there until January 2015.
- Between January 2015 and August 2020, she served as the head chef and co-owner of a Thailand-based culinary enterprise called Cloud 10 Co. Ltd.
- In February 2019, she was named ‘Asia’s Best Female Chef of the Year’ via World’s 50 Best Restaurants, a list produced annually by the British media company William Reed Ltd.
- In June 2019, Gaa, Garima’s Bangkok-based restaurant made its debut on the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list.
- In August 2019, she launched an initiative titled Food Forward India. Its inaugural event, held in Mumbai, in October 2019, invited the city’s brightest culinary minds to engage in panel discussions regarding the future of Indian cuisine.
- In August 2020, she began serving as the head chef and owner of another Thailand-based culinary enterprise called Native Eats Co. Ltd. Under this enterprise, she launched an Indian eatery & wine bar called HERE in November 2020, in Bangkok.
Featured Image by Garima Arora / Instagram