Chef Suresh Chandra Basnet popularly known as Nepalese Food Guru and Celebrity Chef is a leading global campaigner for Nepalese gastronomy. Born in the Tanahun district of Nepal, Mr. Basnet graduated with a degree in cooking from the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) former HMTTC in 1991. He kicked off his career with Blue Star Hotel, a 4-star establishment in Kathmandu. While working there he was caught by a glimpse of the potential of Nepalese gastronomy.
An untapped market, which he quickly jumped on. A few years of extensive research later, he started his own outlet named Kathmandu Brasserie in the capital. An eatery that gradually developed unique dishes of its own, many of which paid homage to the indigenous gastronomical delights and flavors of the country.
Along with entrepreneurship, he also took upon the task of improving the overall quality index of the gastronomy outlets in Nepal. With his accumulated years of experience, he lectured in universities around Kathmandu like the Scheme College, Reliance School, and Universal College. Apart from sharing his knowledge, as a resource person, he also supported the human resource development initiatives of such organizations as Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Terai Arcland Program (TAL).
Chef Basnet had always felt the need for spreading awareness across a bigger audience that resulted in the development and the executions of television programs like Food and Fun Yatra and College Chef Icon. He also started the Food and Wine, a monthly magazine, in the hopes of focusing on trends, developments, and awareness in the realms of the Nepalese hospitality industry.
He had the pleasure of serving as the General Secretary for the Chefs Association of Nepal from 2011-2015 and also served as Vice President from 2015-2017, the umbrella organization of Nepalese culinary professionals. Presently, he holds the position as the Vice President (Asia) of Nepalese Worldwide Chefs Association, USA.
Being an extensively traveled person, Chef Basnet has visited more than 40 districts in Nepal and participated in events across the globe, namely India, USA, Australia, China, South Korea, and Turkey, and always pursuing his passion for promoting Nepalese gastronomy to a global audience further.