President Clinton answers the phone at New Delhi Restaurant in San Francisco. His favorite dish is Madras Tamarind Hot Curry.

Ranjan Dey is passionate about promoting Indian culture and cuisine. He has over 35 years of experience in running Indian restaurants in India, Hong Kong, Bangkok and San Francisco. He is the chef and owner of the New Delhi Restaurant in San Francisco.

New Delhi Restaurant has been open in the same location since November 1987. The New York Times has voted New Delhi Restaurant as the best Indian Restaurant. Former President Clinton has visited Ranjan several times when he is in town to meet with the local Indian leaders. Julia Child, Chef Paul Prudhomme, Graham Kerr, Martin Yan, and Jerry De Vecchio, Senior Food Editor of Sunset Magazine are some of celebrity chefs with whom Ranjan has shared his passion of Indian culture and cuisine.

Chef Martin Yan, Jerry De Vecchio of Sunset Magazine and Ranjan Dey at New Delhi Restaurant. Martin Yan’s favorite is the Kashmiri Mild Curry.

Ranjan also owns New World Spices. He dug deep into the history of India to get the inspiration to create six spice blends. He searched for the favorite dishes of three kings and three queens representing six different regions and from that inspiration created each spice blends. They are available exclusively at http://www.newworldspices.com.

He also loves teaching Indian cooking in his signature style of “Speed Scratch Cooking” and “Free Style Cooking”. It is tasty, healthy, quick and easy. But foremost, Ranjan is a storyteller. He loves stories about Indian culture, cuisine, and travel adventure. My India! With Ranjan Dey provides him the perfect platform to infect the viewers with entertainment, education, and excitement about his India.

Chef Ranjan Dey with Anthony Hopkins at New Delhi Restaurant in San Francisco. His favorite was Calcutta Lemon Fish Curry

Close to Ranjan’s heart is philanthropy. To that end, he founded Compassionate Chefs Café (www.compassionatechefs.org). He has worked with more than one hundred non-profit charitable organizations in the city. His top five favorites are: The After School Program of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center, the school project at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Donors Choose program for the school kids, Narika, and Mo’s Kitchen for the Glide Memorial Church.

His diversity program about India can be described as an “edu-tainment” to celebrate the diversity in the American society. Ranjan believes that education plays the most vital role in the achievement of freedom from any prejudices. Education also allows us to have a broader world vision. (For more information about Ranjan Dey go to www.newdelhirestaurant.com.)