How an Indian-American chef from Kentucky found peace cooking Mexican food

Chef Akhtar Nawab’s Alta Calidad in Brooklyn received a “Bib Gourmand” distinction from the 2018 Michelin Guide. When chef Akhtar Nawab heard his Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn received an honor from the Michelin Guide in November, he didn’t know how to take it. How was it possible that Michelin had chosen Alta Calidad to receive […]


Meet the NYC Restaurateur Who Should be on Everyone’s Radar

Akhtar Nawab, a mentor to David Chang, has a growing collection of restaurants Akhtar Nawab is on the rise. Though his name may not be recognized by some die-hard restaurant-goers, he was a protege of Tom Colicchio, and a mentor to David Chang. Since the closing of the acclaimed Elettaria back in 2009, he has rebounded with a handful […]


Chefs on the Move: Akhtar Nawab Takes Over at Table

Popular Shaw restaurant Table has seen big changes over the past few months, namely the somewhat dramatic departure of opening chef/partner Frederik de Pue late last year. Now word comes from the modern American eatery that chef de cuisine Patrick Robinson, who’s helmed the kitchen since de Pue’s exit, is moving to the Virginia suburbs; […]