SOURISH BHATTACHARYYA

Blogger, food writer, curator of events and editorial consultant

Co-Founder, Tasting India Symposium (www.tastingindiasymposium.com)

Available for curation of B2B industry events, drafting client media releases for PR agencies, writing menus and executing social media campaigns for restaurants.

People earn to eat; Sourish Bhattacharyya eats for a living. A New Delhi-based food columnist and blogger, and a journalist with 33 years  behind him, Sourish was the Executive Editor of Mail Today (India Today Group) for seven years till he decided to become a freelance writer and blogger in 2013. At Mail Today, among his many responsibilities was the task of editing the Travel Mail and Traveller pages, which appeared every Sunday and Wednesday, respectively, with the latter being entirely B2B-focused.

This freedom from the exacting routine of daily newspaper journalism gave Sourish the time and energy to serve as the co-founder of the Delhi Gourmet Club and the Founding Secretary of the Young Chefs Association for Sustainable India, and steer signature food and beverage events such as the Top Chef Awards, India Wine Awards / delWine Excellence Awards, Indian Wedding Travel Mart, and Asian Hawkers Market, which is India’s first public food event dedicated to Asian Cuisine, and has completed six seasons at Delhi’s Select Citywalk Mall.

Most recently, he co-created the Tasting India Symposium, an annual international festival of ideas and solutions dedicated to the promotion of India’s cuisine heritage, gastronomic tourism, healthy eating and sustainable living. The Third Season of the Tasting India Symposium took place in December 2018 with a galaxy of distinguished speakers, including NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal, the Director-General of the Centre for Science and Environment, Sunita Narain, Noma’s co-founder and global chef-philanthropist Claus Meyer, the Senior Adviser on Food Policy to the Nordic Council of Ministers, Mads Frederik Fischer-Møller, and the first Indian chef to get a Michelin star and international restaurant mogul, Vineet Bhatia.

Apart from contributing to BBC Good Food, TimeOut and Man’s World; the house magazines of The Oberoi and The Leela hotels; the BW Businessworld magazine’s B2B publication for the hospitality industry, BW Hotelier; and the Mumbai Mirror newspaper in the past, Sourish has been writing for the India Today Group (including an Op-Ed food column, Fortune Cookie, in Mail Today) and Daily Mail Online non-stop since 2007. He’s also powering the industry news and features website, Indian Restaurant Spy (www.indianrestaurantspy.com). Apart from these journalistic engagements, Sourish has also served on the juries of the Conde Nast Traveller Restaurant Awards and the DLF Food Excellence Awards, and is regularly invited to moderate panel discussions at hospitality industry forums.

In his earlier avatars, Sourish served as the Editor of HT City (the lifestyle daily of the Hindustan Times) and the National Features Editor of The Indian Express. He also has the distinction of being the first Indian to write a book on Japanese Cuisine, titled Sakura’s Kitchen: The Cuisine and Culture of Japan (2005). He lives in Delhi with his wife and distinguished journalist, Kaveree Bamzai, two sons, and two adorable dogs.