Rakesh Raghunathan, Food Historian, Raconteur, South Indian culinary ambassador

Rakesh Raghunathan, Food Historian, Raconteur, South Indian culinary ambassador

Rakesh Raghunathan is a South Indian culinary ambassador, whose vision is to showcase the rich heritage of the region to audiences across the world. He brings a unique perspective and experience of the south Indian cuisine, while also seeking to turn the spotlight on the custodians of these traditional knowledge systems. A food raconteur, armed with a wealth of anecdotal history, and a deep insight into socio cultural practices, Rakesh has taken food to the realm of the performative. His presentations are a multi-sensory and aesthetic experience with an element of romance and drama thrown in, as he draws his audiences into a space where food and art converge seamlessly.

His travels have taken him to the far-flung nooks and corners of South India’s towns and villages, to discover a vast repertoire of indigenous food, and a whole body of culinary knowledge and practices. His travels are now documented in the form of a popular television shows which he hosts – ‘Dakshin Diaries’, 100% South Indian on Living Foodz and Zee Zest channels as well as Sutralam Suvaikalam for News7Tamil.