Roshni Gurnani oral history and transcript
Chef Roshni Gurnani was born on August 5th, 1985 in Missasauga, Ontario after her parents immigrated from India. Both her mother and father are of Sindhi Hindu descent, and maintained Sindhi culture during her youth through food, religion, and language. Chef Rosh became interested in food at a young age, being especially fascinated with the differences between her family’s cooking and the Western food she encountered at school. Her first job was bussing tables at a local diner at age 13. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, she attended the Culinary Institute of Canada, and began to work in resorts, hotels, and restaurants in Canada, the US, India, and the UK. In 2009, she won the Food Network cooking show Chopped, participated in Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen in 2012, and has competed in and won several cooking competitions since then. She currently resides in Houston with her husband and children, working as a culinary instructor at the Art Institute of Houston as well as a personal chef.
This recording and transcript form part of a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. This collection includes audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with Asian Americans native to or living in Houston.