Chef Jehangir Mehta is the chef/owner of Graffiti and Me and You, and Graffiti Earth, has been a participant in Food Network’s Next Iron Chef Redemption 2012, the runner-up at the Next Iron Chef 2009, a participant in the Iron Chef America and a guest on Martha Stewart Living. Known for his signature eclectic style, he uses an array of ingredients and spices to create an interesting juxtapose of temperatures, textures and tastes. The popularity of his distinctive style led to a Zagat food rating of 4.6 on 5 for Graffiti in 2017, and 28 on 30 for the years 2016 and 2015. In 2016 Graffiti was listed at #11 in the 50 best restaurants in NYC.
Chef Mehta is the chef ambassador for both, the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness, and the Mushroom Board, and tours the country extensively to promote these causes. He is also a council member for Menus of Change an initiative of the Culinary Institute of America and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His latest collaboration into healthy eating is the “Chef Jehangir Pledge” currently underway at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where diners are invited to participate in the Pledge of the Day, which ranges from reducing food waste to increasing physical activity. Chef Mehta is also a guest chef on Holland America.
Fifteen years ago, Chef Jehangir Mehta was a pioneer in ushering in the idea of children’s cooking with his “Candy Camp” class. Since then he has done a national promotion with Whole Foods for inculcating healthy eating in children with the “Kids Food Adventure with Chef Jehangir” initiative. He has also partnered with Scholastics, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Kids Food Festivals, and runs his own initiative; “Gastro Kids After School”. Jehangir also partners with “Wellness In The Schools” at PS 107 in Brooklyn and PS 33 in Manhattan. Jehangir is an alumni of the CIA in Hyde Park, New York.
Prior to his own restaurant soiree, Jehangir was the highly acclaimed pastry chef at some of New York City’s finest restaurants including Aix, Union Pacific, Mercer Kitchen, Compass, and Jean-Georges, and also the author of Mantra: The Rules of Indulgence (Harper Collins). Apart from his restaurants Jehangir also runs a successful event management business that does catering for private events and weddings.