Maneet Chauhan knows the exact moment she became a Nashvillian. Nov. 18, 2015, at 4:53 a.m. The moment her son Karma came into the world. He arrived more than three months early, weighing only 2 pounds, 12 ounces — not even as much as a half-gallon of milk. And Chauhan, a celebrity chef on the Food Network who was then on the brink of launching her new Nashville restaurant, awoke from emergency surgery confused and scared. But on that day — and on the many days that followed as she visited her newborn covered in wires and tubes inside an incubator — the tenderness from her caregivers made her feel loved. That's when Nashville truly became home.
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A featured judge on the Food Network Show “Chopped” and owner of Nashville’s Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Maneet first moved to Nashville to do consulting work. But, after the premature birth of her baby, she found a home here in Nashville. Maneet began her culinary journey in her homeland of India. After eight years of leading the kitchens of Vermilion in both New York City and Chicago - having been the only woman to go up against 40 men for the executive chef position - she ventured out on her own and founded Indie Culinaire, a culinary and hospitality company. Now, Music City is the focus of her next project.