We are so honored to announce that Chef Palak Patel will be the keynote speaker for the first ever SEEMA SUMMIT to be held on March 8, 2020 at 3 Columbus Circle, New York City.
Palak is a chef, TV personality, writer, TEDx speaker and instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education. She's one of the food industry’s newest and sassiest rising stars, gaining critical acclaim from victories in famed shows like Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay on Food Network. Most recently she placed top 4 on season 14 of Food Network Star. Born and raised in India with her extended fifteen-person family where cooking and eating together were part of her family DNA. She grew up speaking Hindi and Gujarati
Palak has partnered with high profile brands like BMW, Barclays, Clif Bar, BOU Brand, Whole Foods, and Hello Fresh. She has been featured on the TODAY show, Fox, Forbes, People, Women’s Health, YouTube, Thrive Global, Mashable, Marie Claire, Los Angeles Times, and India Abroad. Palak’s love of food and travel has taken her to over 50+ countries. She’s a regular food and travel contributor to Table Magazine.
She has created one-of-a-kind menus for several sold-out Dinner Lab supper clubs regaling food enthusiasts in Miami, San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, and Atlanta. As a chef in New York, she specializes in creating personalized, innovative menus and elegant catered affairs for clients ranging from small dinner parties to Fortune 1000 events where her cuisine is tailored to guests’ specific tastes and dietary needs.
Palak’s commitment to philanthropy and volunteer efforts includes being a board member of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC), partnerships with New York City Food Bank, Indian American Council (IAC), No Kid Hungry, Wellness in The Schools (WITS) and she’s helped raise over 100K for Project Sunshine. Palak also battled it out against 24 other seasoned chefs in the Kenmore Chef’s Challenge, winning $20K for Los Angeles Food Bank. Her Indian background, culinary prowess, and travels have made her into a masterful artist at using everyday spices to deliver bold flavors in every dish she creates. Palak’s culinary DNA is an infusion of Indian spices; focus on vegetables and bold flavors. She currently working on opening her first restaurant in New York City.
Meet Palak and other speakers at the SEEMA SUMMIT, including: Nayantara Dutta - Founder of Defining Desi, Dr. Malvika Iyer- Award-winning Disability Rights Activist, Surabhi Lal - Chief Impact Officer at Luminary, Smita Pillai - Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Dow Jones, Roopa Unnikrishnan - Head of Strategy at HARMAN, Aneri Shah - Founder of SightWorthy, Deepti Sharma - Founder of Food to Eat, Shweta Shetty - Vice President of Corporate Strategy for SAP and more..