The Czar of Indian Cuisine and the “tastemaker to the nation” Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra popularly known as Jiggs Kalra passed away on Tuesday at the age of 71. His son, ZorawarKalra who is a restaurateur said that his father was a “mentor, inspiration and his biggest hero.” He added that "He worked tirelessly towards promoting his beloved Indian cuisine globally and felt a personal responsibility towards it. I will miss him forever. "I have lost my beloved father but Indian cuisine has lost one of its great ambassadors. His demise will make our resolve and sense of duty towards Indian cuisine even stronger." His career has lasted 4 decades and he has revived many indigenous recipes and cooking methods that had been lost for many years. He also introduced them to international audiences. Dishes that he introduced were kebabs that were served in medieval times the most notable one being the Galouti.
He was also appointed as the advisor to the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation in 1977 and has served as the Mentor & Culinary Director for many years. He launched many award-winning restaurants like Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Made in Punjab, Farzi Cafe, and PaPaYa.He was a food columnist, author, gastronome, and food consultant who will be deeply missed. The last rites will be performed on Thursday at 10:30 am at the Lodhi crematorium in Delhi.