Cheetie Kumar is the owner/chef at Garland in Raleigh, North Carolina. Growing up in India until the age of 8, her earliest memories are in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother. After the family immigrated to the Bronx, New York, she was plunged into a world of many ethnicities, traditions, and flavors. Relocating to North Carolina after college, she embraced the area’s culture of readily available farm-grown produce, as well as a healthy selection of international grocery stores. She is a self-taught cook who studied food while playing guitar in independent rock bands. Time on tour and as the co-owner of the music venue Kings and adjoining cocktail bar, Neptunes, taught her the value of the independent, artistic spirit that is the backbone of the downtown Raleigh community which she considers home. Her perspective as a well-traveled, first generation immigrant is reflected in the Pan-Asian, locally sourced menu at Garland.
Accolades & Publications
- James Beard Foundation – Best Chef: Southeast semi-finalist (2017)