Maneet Chauhan, a celebrity chef, has a long and famous career in the kitchen and on television. Chauhan and her husband Vivek Deora are now contributing to Nashville’s culinary culture, having left an unmistakable impression on the food sector everywhere they worked.
The duo owns Mantra Brewing in Franklin and Steel Barrel Brewing, Nashville’s largest craft brewery. In addition, the two are the owners of four highly successful restaurants in the state.
Partners in Business and in Life
Chauhan is a well-known chef of Indian descent from the United States. With her ‘James Beard Award of Excellence’ and extremely successful TV show, Chopped, the India native has cemented her reputation as a respected chef.
Her husband and business partner, Deora, is also active in many of her restaurants, so she isn’t the only one in her family that works in the culinary industry. Deora is the CEO of Morph Hospitality Group, which owns Chaatable, Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Tansuo, and The Mockingbird, all of which are owned by Chauhan.
Chauhan’s most recent endeavor, Chaatable, features meals inspired by Indian street food and provides a unique dining experience. The restaurant was inspired by locations and memories that she holds dear. The couple told Nashville Eater that each dish on the menu had a backstory and was highly influenced by the meals she and Deora grew up consuming.
Nashville’s Food Culture Is Diversifying
Aside from Chaatable, Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Chauhan’s other restaurant, serves meals inspired by a blend of Indian and Southern cuisine. Unlike Chaatable, which concentrates on the various flavors of street food from around India, Chauhan Ale & Masala House serves Indian cuisine with a worldwide flavour.
The couple’s commitment to Nashville’s food culture, however, does not stop there. Tansuo and The Mockingbird — a Chinese restaurant and a modern diner, respectively — are also their creations. In addition, there are three breweries in Nashville.
Chauhan was hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak
Chauhan’s, like most other food establishments, was forced to close in 2020 because to the epidemic. The situation had deteriorated to the point where she had to fire 200 staff.
Tennessean spoke with the chef about her layoff experience. Initially, two of her staff had become ill, prompting her to close her eateries in the face of increasing regulatory regulations. She went on to say how difficult the decision (layoff) was for her and her spouse.
That is our family, and that is our neighborhood. The fact that it took us five years to assemble this 250-person family… and we had to tell them all we didn’t have a job for them in five hours. We’ve been scarred. Fortunately, she made it through, and Chauhan was able to keep all four of her businesses open in 2021.