‘Local legend’ talks to Chris Shepherd about food, flavor, and her eco-friendly business practices

Chris Shepherd visits Pondicheri in ‘Eat Like a Local’

Anita Jaisinghani loved food from a young age, but it wasn’t until she moved to Houston that she turned her passion into a career.

In this episode of “Eat Like a Local with Chris Shepherd”, Shepherd sits down with Jaisinghani, the chef & co-owner of Pondicheri, who he calls a “local legend,” “amazing human,” and “amazing chef.”

Jaisinghani was born and raised in India. She jumped into the food industry when she started catering and selling chutneys in Whole Foods grocery stores. From there, she joined the pastry department at Café Annie, where she worked for two years.

Jaisinghani opened her first restaurant Indika in 2001.

Chris Shepherd sits down with the co-owner of Pondicheri Anita Jaisinghani (KPRC/Click2Houston.com)

Ten years later, Pondicheri opened. Three years later, in 2014, Pondicheri’s Bake Lab + Shop was open for business.

Jaisinghani hasn’t slowed down. On top of running the restaurants, she writes recipe columns and has a cookbook that was nominated for a James Beard award.

In addition to her attention to quality ingredients and dishes, Jaisinghani is committed to sustainability. In this episode, Shepherd learns how Pondicheri turns food waste into material that helps the environment.

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Pondicheri Restaurant

2800 Kirby Drive, Suite B132
Chris Shepherd shares his picks for what to order at Pondicheri Restaurant (KPRC/Click2Houston.com)

Pondicheri Bake Lab

2800 Kirby Drive, Suite B240
Chris Shepherd shares his picks for what to order at Pondicheri Bake Lab (KPRC/Click2Houston.com)

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