3 Reasons to Travel with Cheetie Kumar
Cheetie can rock it in the kitchen. The award-winning chef is completely self taught, having studied the craft of cooking while pursuing her career as a guitarist. These days, she creates harmony in her North Carolina restaurant, Garland, with flavors inspired by her Indian heritage. Her joyful flair makes her the perfect companion to explore vibrant Oaxaca and the cross-over of Indian and Mexican flavors.
She's a Rockstar
Yes, really. Though Cheetie has embraced her culinary career, she still plays guitar opposite her husband in their rock band, Birds of Avalon. She also owns a music venue adjacent to the restaurant, making it easy to switch between tunes and cooking.
She Blurs Borders
Cheetie grew up in India, and her cooking is largely inspired by her heritage. She uses traditional techniques learned from her mother, adding a distinct, soulful Southern flair to her own dishes.
Her Cuisine Connects
Cheetie is inspired by the food she cooks and loves supporting local farmers. She believes good cuisine is about connection, and many of the ingredients she purchases in Raleigh remind her of what her mother would purchase in India.