Regarded as the ‘czar of Indian cuisine’ and ‘tastemaker to the nation’, by the Late Khushwant SIngh, Kalra was a pioneer when it came to gastronomy in India, having lent his words and voice to reverred food columns and having revived lost and forgotten culinary styles.
Critically acclaimed restaurateur, culinaire extraordinaire, Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra, popularly known as Jiggs Kalra, a stalwart in Indian cuisine, passed away on the morning of June 04th 2019, aged 72.
Father to Zorawar Kalra, and a well known food consultant and restaurateur who remained iconic right till the very end and even created a benchmark when it came to trendsetting in the F&B circles in India.
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Today is my father, Jiggs Kalra’s 72nd Birthday. This is the first time unfortunately it has been celebrated in hospital, as he isn’t well. Last year we celebrated it together as a family. Nothing matters more than time spent with your parents as each and every single Birthday matters. He is a toughie. Has been battling his stroke for 19 years and will be back soon. Roaring.
In 1997, Kalra was appointed as Advisor to the India Trade Promotion Organisation by the Government of India.
He went on to establish a strong foothold, establishing a 50 year long illustrous career in F&B and spent the last few years as Mentor & Culinary Director at Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd, helmed by son Zorawar Kalra, under which restaurants like Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, Farzi Cafe, Made In Punjab and Pa Pa Ya operate.
People from the fraternity took to social media to express their sorrow and pay their respects.
RIP Jiggs Kalra. Thank you for introducing me to Indian food and it’s treasure of recipes. All your books adorn my bookshelf and the masala and oil on each page is testimony to how your recipes have shaped my passion for cooking. 🙏🙏🙏— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) June 4, 2019
My deepest condolences to @ZorawarKalra & Dildeep.They were the best son & daughter-in-law Jiggs Kalra could ever have hoped for.— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) June 4, 2019
At this sad time I remember how Zorawar kept his father’s legacy alive and turned Jiggs’s name into a global brand.I know how proud Jiggs was. pic.twitter.com/awYE4PVkFX
The master chef is gone but the taste, flavours, hospitality, uniqueness and richness of #JiggsKalra cuisine will remain.— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) June 4, 2019
The memories of great moments spent at Masala Library while devouring world’s best cuisine will remain.
Om Shanti Jiggs. pic.twitter.com/zvZEokMD8u
Any journo who writes on food would know how sad a day this is. Any human being who loves Indian food and the amazing people behind the art would know how sad a day this is. Farewell #JiggsKalra. There won’t be another Czar of Indian cuisine. Condolences, @ZorawarKalra pic.twitter.com/32yZcXgTGk— Sonal Kalra (@sonalkalra) June 4, 2019
May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to the family and close friends.