The journey from India to overseas has definitely not been smooth for Sampath. “I have faced every kind of bias because I am a woman and brown. But once people know you are talented , you surpass every misrepresentation.”
She is now the first Indian Woman chef ho won the US cooking show “Chopped”.
From the 13-year-old little girl who apparently discovered her mother’s unused cookbooks and fell in love with the kitchen while watching her first cake rise in the oven, Sampath has come a long way. She believes her journey has only humbled her and understands the responsibility that she has towards budding chefs across the globe. This inspiring chef continues to be a part of Junoon and is working on a new tasting menu for Fall. While at it, she’s writing a cookbook and dreams of opening a restaurant in Mumbai offering modern Indian and Asian-influenced cuisines.