Jaspal Inder Singh Kalra, popularly known as Jiggs Kalra passed away at the age of 72 on June 4. The cremation will be held on Thursday at the Lodhi crematorium. The man who was known for bringing a new culinary wave in India was also an author, and columnist. Born on May 21, 1948, Jiggs Kalra earlier worked as a journalist, but later shifted his career into the world of food in the 1980s. He is survived by his son Zorawar Kalra who runs Massive Restaurants Private Limited.
As the news of his death spread, people took to Twitter remembering the man and his efforts in revolutionising India's food industry. From friends, acquaintances, hoteliers to chefs and commoners took to social media bidding him goodbye. Jiggs Kalra Dies; The Big Man of Indian Cuisine And Restaurant Business Breathes His last at 72.
Jiggs Kalra passes away at 72:
Food critic and EasyDiner co-founder Vir Sanghvi took to Twitter saying, "Goodbye old friend. The great Jiggs Kalra who did so much to rediscover the lost secrets of Indian food and who gave chefs their rightful place in the sun goes off to that great kitchen in the sky to ensure that the gods eat his wonderful food. There will never be another Jiggs."
Here is Vir Sanghvi's tweet:
Goodbye old friend.The great Jiggs Kalra who did so much to rediscover the lost secrets of Indian food and who gave chefs their rightful place in the sun goes off to that great kitchen in the sky to ensure that the gods eat his wonderful food.There will never be another Jiggs pic.twitter.com/MhgBJ5NLg8
— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) June 4, 2019
Jiggs Kalra had not been keeping well for quite some time. Last month, his son Zorawar had taken to Instagram saying that his father celebrated his birthday at a hospital. The post read, "Today is my father Jiggs Kalra's 72nd birthday. This is the first time, unfortunately, it has been celebrated in hospital, as he isn't well. Last year we celebrated it together as a family. Nothing matters more than time spent with your parents as each and every single Birthday matters. He is a toughie. Has been battling his stroke for 19 years and will be back soon."
Here is the Instagram post:
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Today is my father, Jiggs Kalra’s 72nd Birthday. This is the first time unfortunately it has been celebrated in hospital, as he isn’t well. Last year we celebrated it together as a family. Nothing matters more than time spent with your parents as each and every single Birthday matters. He is a toughie. Has been battling his stroke for 19 years and will be back soon. Roaring.
Check out the tweets below:
— Sayantani M Roy (@Sayroy) June 4, 2019
Rest in Peace
Rest in peace.... Jiggs Kalra who is also known as the "Czar of Indian Cuisine" and "Taste maker to the Nation", Kalra will make the other world a better place to wine & dine. #JiggsKalra pic.twitter.com/AEVMgMQj6I
— MM (@mridulmahanta) June 4, 2019
To the first Masterchef!
— DFoodiez (@DFoodiez) June 4, 2019
Condolences continue to pour in
Any journo who writes on food would know how sad a day this is. Any human being who loves Indian food and the amazing people behind the art would know how sad a day this is. Farewell #JiggsKalra. There won’t be another Czar of Indian cuisine. Condolences, @ZorawarKalra pic.twitter.com/32yZcXgTGk
— Sonal Kalra (@sonalkalra) June 4, 2019
A man to be remembered, indeed
— Mr.O (@olakkengal) June 4, 2019
To the food revolutionist of India
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) June 4, 2019
Karla is the proud name behind the great recipes and cuisines at restaurants including ITC Hotels, The Oberoi Group, and The Park Group.
Jiggs Kalra - the man of Indian Receipie passed away at the age of 72.
He might not be with us but his tastiest Receipies will delite our mouth always
OM SHANTI pic.twitter.com/rXl9NceKgz
— Mohan Vishwa (@camohanbn) June 4, 2019
Jiggs Kalra had also served former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee, royals like Princess Diana, Prince Charles, and former President of the United States, Bill Clinton. He had been associated with popular names like Punjab Grill, Made in Punjab, Masala Library and Farzi Cafe.
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