Anita Jaisinghani the chef & co-owner of the restaurant Pondicheri. She developed a love for food early on in her life, even though she trained and practiced as a microbiologist. Transitioning as a stay-at-home mother for her two children in Canada first and then in Houston, she developed her love of food into a career, beginning with an out-of-home catering business through Whole Foods. Anita portrays Indian food in a new light and combines its complexities with her leanings towards the wisdom of Ayurveda and the goodness of fresh, local ingredients. She has five James Beard award nominations.