Kainaz Contractor

Kainaz Contractor is the Chef and Co-owner of Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu, Rustom’s Café & Bakery and the kitchen at the Blue Tokai Cafe and Roasterie in Delhi. She started her career as a management trainee with the Taj group of hotels in Mumbai. Within a year-and-a-half, she took on the role of restaurant manager at Pure, Mumbai’s first organic restaurant at the Taj Land’s End in Bandra, Mumbai. Driven by the desire to expand and apply her food knowledge, she then switched tracks to food writing at Time Out Mumbai, one of the country’s most distinguished culture magazines. Her next big break came in the role of a Junior Food Editor with the launch of BBC Good Food, the country’s first international food magazine. She was part of the team that launched the magazine in India, and within a year, took over as Assistant Food Editor. Her first menu developed specially for the magazine was aimed at educating readers about the classic Parsi specialities, which are relatively rare to find on restaurant menus. This is the kind of food that she now serves at Rustom’s.

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