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Indian American Chef named Trotter Project Board member

Celebrity chef, Chauhan received the 2012 James Beard Foundation Broadcast Media Award and was honored with an Augie Award by Culinary Institute of America in 2022.

Chef Maneet Chauhan. Image - Trotter Project 

Indian American chef Maneet Chauhan was elected as a board member of The Trotter Project, a national nonprofit founded by members of Charlie Trotter's family, Charlie Trotter’s restaurant alumni and friends, and Homaro Cantu's Moto restaurant alumni in 2014.

Renowned American chef and restaurateur late Charlie Trotter started the popular Chicago-based restaurant, Charlie Trotter's in 1987 with his father, Bob Trotter, as his partner. His rich culinary legacy is still admired and followed by many in the food industry.

Reacting to her election, founder and president of the Nashville -based Morph Hospitality Group, Chauhan recalled, "When I started as a young chef in Chicago, Charlie Trotter was the one person who was very kind and encouraging. The legacy he has left for the food world is so widespread and everlasting, and it's an honor to be a part of The Trotter Project board of directors because it allows me to contribute and carry on his mission."

Winner of Guy Fieri’s Tournament of Champions II and recipient of a couple of culinary awards, Chauhan has authored two cookbooks and is also the co-founder of Hop Springs, home to the state's largest craft brewery and a fun-filled 84-acre beer park located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

She was inducted into the board along with the managing director of Brooks Wine, Janie Brooks Heuck. On new appointments to the Board, co-founder and CEO of Trotter Project Derrek Miller commented, “Maneet and Janie's knowledge of the restaurant industry coupled with their passion for the Trotter Project and their successful fundraising efforts will be invaluable assets as we look to expand our programming.”

The Trotter Project offers programs that use food as a vehicle to fuel a healthy lifestyle through cooking and nutrition education for schools, children, and their families. In addition, the project offers the Charlie Trotter Pursuit of Excellence culinary arts scholarship, Homaro Cantu hospitality scholarship, and Farmer Lee Jones Agriculture scholarship annually.