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[EATYALL PODCAST #61] EATYALL Encore: India Trade Mission

Feb 11, 2022 |

What happens when you mix Tex-Mex with the Taj Mahal? During a trip to India in September 2019, Andy met with U.S. trade officials and Arjun Datta, COO of the International Institute of Culinary Arts (IICA) in New Delhi. The goal? To create partnerships and provide responsibly-sourced ingredients from the U.S. to India. 

In today’s installment of this Eatyall encore series, Arjun tells Andy about the qualities the IICA instills in its students, its partners, and to India itself, in an effort to train chefs known for their positive attitude as well as ability. And later, Andy is joined by Sid Miller, president of SUSTA and the Commissioner of Texas Agriculture, and Wes Ward, Arkansas’ Secretary of Agriculture, for a chat about introducing American-grown ingredients to India’s expanding palate. Lend an ear to find out what both nations bring to the table! 

Enriching The Culinary Future Of India

Chef As Career Path. Arjun tells Andy about his father’s path through hotel management, cooking, and education before founding the IICA. Learn why cooking as a profession is becoming more common in India, and which steps Arjun’s institute has taken to train chefs from all backgrounds – even former lawyers and accountants.

From India To The World. The IICA trains its chefs to meet the standards of partnering nations and corporations, but also to build a menu with locally-sourced ingredients and a budget in mind. Hear about the first-rate education the IICA provides, and how it equips chefs to serve across the planet. 

Little Debbie In New Delhi. Andy welcomes Sid Miller and Wes Ward, who represent food producers in Texas, Arkansas, and the southern U.S. Learn their positive impressions of India’s food industry as they share the possibilities of sourcing India with their home-grown products and ingredients.

From his time in India, Andy found chefs and students who shared his passion for food during classes, conversations, and shared dishes. Food producers, making inroads to India and other countries, provide more diverse foods with better ingredients. Enjoy this overseas-inspired classic content, and revisit Eatyall for upcoming food-sourced adventures!

Today’s Guests 

Arjun Datta – https://www.chefiica.com

Arjun Datta has served as the Owner and Chief Operating Officer of the International Institute of Culinary Arts (IICA) since 2011. A graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, Arjun’s combined experience in hospitality, business management, and cooking has formed IICA corporate partnerships with the likes of Whirlpool and Hamilton Beach, as well as high-value placements for institute graduates. 

Sidney Miller – https://www.texasagriculture.gov

Serving as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture since 2014, Sid Miller is also the President of the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA). A dedicated advocate of Texas agriculture, Sid oversees the Go Texan program – a marketing initiative to promote Texas companies and their products across the world. 

Wesley Ward – https://www.agriculture.arkansas.gov

A lifelong Arkansan and member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Wes Ward has served as the Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture since 2015. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Wes represents the state’s food producers by working to bring their products to the next generation of chefs in the United States and abroad.

Connect With Our Guests

Arjun Datta

International Institute of Culinary Arts

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iica_newdelhi

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chefiica

Sidney Miller

Texas Department of Agriculture



Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/texasagriculture

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TexasDepartmentofAgriculture

Wesley Ward

Arkansas Department of Agriculture


Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/arkdeptofagri

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ArkDepartmentofAg

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