Chai Pani's first in-house culinary documentary, Cutting Chai, originally premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival as a full-length feature film. The film has now been adapted into an online series for your viewing pleasure. Episodes 1-3 are available now to watch at the Chai Pani Channel on YouTube, or by clicking below. Find out more about the film by scrolling down the page or clicking here, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel or our email list to get notified when new videos come out. Episodes 4-6 will debut Monday, March 13th, and episodes 7-10 will debut Monday, April 10th, so be sure to check back and subscribe!
Series Premiere. Chai Pani chef Meherwan Irani and his young companions arrive in Mumbai. After a brief, ill-advised introduction to the chai of modern Indian malls, the boys quickly immerse themselves in India's complex street food scene, and the finer points of chai culture in India.
A look at an important part of Meherwan's heritage: his father's side of the family and his Parsi roots - a very unique and small ethnic group of India with popular and delicious cuisine.
A round up of some of the most renowned street food spots in Mumbai, and a solid critique of what's really the best.
Praise for Cutting Chai
"The rich and textured food culture of India gets the close-up it deserves in this remarkable film. And it's a great reminder that the Chai Pani dudes, who operate some of the most exciting restaurants in America, walk the walk." -- Matt Rodbard, Editor-in-Chief of TASTE
“Meherwan Irani’s excursions into the universe of Indian street food with his staff from Chai Pani, his lauded restaurant in Asheville, NC, will leave you salivating and jealous. As an added bonus you will also be seeing India in a completely new and refreshing way, in the company of 3 good-humored young chefs.” -- Peter Coyote, actor/writer
"We’ve all seen chefs explore their roots on television before, but this is a dizzying new array of flavors and dishes for us food lovers weaned on whiskey and country ham. May these manic, ever-curious tour guides inspire up-and-coming chefs the way they’ve inspired my nagging desire for a perfect cup of chai." -- Jed Portman, Garden & Gun Magazine
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Cutting Chai is a 59 minute documentary following the culinary journey through India of three very determined chefs and their trusty cameraman. The one-of-a-kind documentary covers one of the South's most notable Indian street food concepts as two-time James Beard-nominated chef Meherwan Irani takes his Chai Pani crew of head chefs through 10 cities in 10 days by trains, planes, and auto-rickshaws, eating everything in sight.
Intimate, funny, touching, and irreverent - Cutting Chai is an explosion of color and sound, immersing viewers in the raw beauty of India's rural countryside, the opulence of its riches, and the culinary heart and soul of the country and its people.
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