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About the show

Chef Palak Patel invites her friends to create a Diwali menu filled with dishes that celebrate their Indian heritage and joyful culture.

Meet the Host

Palak Patel

Palak Patel is a classically trained chef, Atlanta restaurant owner, and winner of Food Network’s famed Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay. She was also a finalist on Food Network Star season 14. Most recently Palak appeared as a guest judge on Food Network’s newest competition series, Money Hungry airing summer 2021. A TEDx speaker and chef at the Institute of Culinary Education, Palak has partnered with many high-profile brands like BMW, Well+Good, Clif Bar, BOU Brand, Whole Foods and Hello Fresh. She’s made on-camera appearances on the TODAY show, Food52 digital and Good Day Atlanta. Chef Patel was featured in an article entitled “The Women Of The Restaurant Industry Speak Out About Their Pandemic Experience” in Forbes. She was also featured in Huffington Post, People, Women’s Health, Thrive Global, Mashable, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, Los Angeles Times, India Abroad, and made the cover of Atlanta’s Simply Buckhead magazine as a rising star to watch in 2021 and beyond.

Dive Into This Festive Favorite

Halwa Tastes Like Sweet Nostalgia

As a child, I used to bite my grandmother’s shoulder until I got a fresh batch of halwa. Now, I prepare it every Diwali.