Ajai Sharma

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Ajai Sharma

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Born 12 December 1996 (1996-12-12) (age 26)
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
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Ajai Sharma is a renowned chef known for his exceptional culinary skills and passion for cooking. With a career spanning several decades, Chef Sharma has earned widespread recognition for his innovative approach to traditional cuisines and his contributions to the culinary world. This article explores his early life, career achievements, and impact on the gastronomic community. [1]

Early Life

Ajai Sharma, hailing from Meerut, India, developed an early affinity for the world of cuisine. His fascination with food from a young age paved the way for a career in Hotel Management. Sharma completed his undergraduate studies in Hotel Management at the esteemed Manipal Academy of Higher Education[2][3]. He further honed his culinary skills through formal training at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York[1].


Ajai Sharma has not only distinguished himself through his culinary prowess but has also left a lasting mark in various facets of the hospitality industry. As a prolific author, he penned a culinary book that delves into the rich heritage and recipes of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.[4]. This publication serves as a testament to the city's culinary evolution and its cultural significance. [5]His culinary journey began as a prep cook at the Hilton Hotel Doha in 2015, followed by pivotal roles at renowned establishments like the Taj Hotel in Mumbai and the Hyatt Hotel in Jeddah. Additionally, he gained valuable experience working at Michelin-starred restaurants such as Gramercy Tavern and Cafe Altro Paradiso in New York City.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Ajai Sharma ventured into the realm of podcasting, launching his own show titled "Bite in With Bawarchi." The podcast offers an insightful look into the experiences and expertise of prominent figures within the hospitality industry[6].[7]


  • Saffron Saffairs: Unearthing the Majestic Flavours of India's Royal Kitchens (2023), ISBN 9798890668547 "Saffron Saffairs: A Culinary Journey into the Flavors of Royalty" presents an immersive exploration of India's rich royal culinary heritage. This captivating book takes readers on a voyage through the illustrious royal kitchens, where generations of royal families nurtured and refined culinary traditions that have significantly influenced India's diverse cuisine. The book provides vivid descriptions, historical anecdotes, and stunning visuals that transport readers to an era where sumptuous feasts were celebrated with grandeur. It unveils the secret ingredients, preparation methods, and influences that shaped the royal menus. "Saffron Saffairs" invites food enthusiasts and history buffs to savor the grandeur and finesse of Indian royal cuisine.
  • The Culinary Epic of Jeddah: The Tale of an Arabian Gateway (2018), ISBN 9781642495898 ."The Culinary Epic of Jeddah" takes readers on a remarkable journey to explore the culinary heritage and traditional recipes of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Through this culinary odyssey, Ajai Sharma captures the essence of the city's gastronomic wonders. The book beautifully blends the old and new, tradition and modernity, showcasing Jeddah's ability to preserve its heritage while embracing change. The author's dedication to documenting treasured recipes ensures that the rich culinary heritage of Jeddah will endure for generations. The book not only celebrates the cuisine but fosters a deeper understanding of the city's unique heritage[8]

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