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Priyam Chatterjee becomes first Indian chef to receive French honour

Priyam Chatterjee became the first Indian chef to be awarded the 'Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mrite Agricoleto' by the government of France to recognise his contribution towards reinventing the gastronomic scene in India.

Chatterjee (30) is best known for revisiting the traditional dishes from his native state of West Bengal and giving it a French twist.

Chatterjee is currently the head chef at Jaan Restaurant Yacht in France, before which he was the head chef of Rooh, and Qla, both located in Mehrauli.

He also takes a keen interest in music as well as art.

The award, instituted in 1883, the 'Ordre du Mrite Agricole' (Order of Agricultural Merit) is a distinction bestowed by the French Republic for outstanding contributions, among others, to agriculture, agro-food industry and gastronomy.

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