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Asma Khan at Montalto


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Enjoy a long lunch with one of the brightest stars of London's restaurant scene, Asma Khan, as she shares the twists and turns of her illustrious career in food and media.


As the owner of Darjeeling Express, British restaurateur Asma Khan astounds diners with sumptuous Indian cuisine and inspires as an advocate for social change. The Darjeeling Express kitchen is proudly run by an all-women team, and has been recognised as one of London’s best restaurants by the Evening Standard. Khan herself has starred in Netflix’s award-winning series Chef’s Table and is the UN World Food Programme’s Chef Advocate for the United Kingdom.

Visiting Victoria for the Wheeler Centre’s international writers series, World of Words, Khan sits down for a long lunch at award-winning winery and restaurant Montalto. With writer and editor Bhakthi Puvanenthiran, she’ll recount the twists and turns of her culinary career, discuss her new cookbook Ammu, and share her philosophy of food as a conversation about our universal similarities, connecting and uniting us across the globe.

Presented in partnership with Montalto


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World of Words

From South Korea to Mozambique, the UK to Vietnam, India to the USA – World of Words brings together some of the world’s most exciting writers and thinkers as they share insights, ideas and inspiration from their internationally acclaimed careers.


World of Words


Asma Khan

Asma Khan is one of the UK and India’s brightest culinary stars. An award-winning chef, best-selling cookbook author and the owner of London’s famed Darjeeling Express restaurant. She sits on the Mayor’s Business Advisory Board and is an Honorary Fellow at Oxford University. Asma is the first ... Read more

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is the Entertainment Editor at the ABC. Previously the Editor of ABC Everyday and Managing Editor of Crikey, a journalist and editor at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, she has also co-hosted podcasts, worked at various literary festivals and is a regular media commentator. B... Read more



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