Arun Kapil is an Anglo-Indian chef, food entrepreneur, spice expert, and founder of Green Saffron – multi-award-winning purveyors of the finest spices, rice, sauces and spice blends you'll ever experience.
Born to a Hindustani father and Yorkshire mother, Arun grew up in the steel town of Scunthorpe before heading to London in search of excitement. He soon found it, with buckets of charm and luck, but no experience, he found himself waiting tables in Ronnie Wood’s restaurant; his first taste of the food industry.
In September 2004, Arun moved to Ireland for the Ballymaloe Cookery Course. He went on to work at Ballymaloe House, as a chef and while working there came up with the idea for Green Saffron - importing spices to create authentic Indian blends, accompanied by simple to follow, delicious tasting recipes. Since winning multiple awards from ‘Great Taste’ and ‘Blas na hEireann’ Irish Food Awards, the brand has grown enormously and is available in supermarkets across Ireland, UK and France.
His passion for the science of spice, flavour combination and achieving the best from his raw product is second to none. Arun’s ridiculously infectious enthusiasm makes him the ideal spokesman for all kinds of
spicy matters. No matter how conservative the customer, he manages to encourage everyone he meets to embark on their very own culinary adventures.
Arun regularly appears on Irish television including TV3’s Late Lunch Live, and RTE 1’s top rated afternoon show, Four Live. He has also appeared on Channel 4’s Cookery School, Market Kitchen on UKTV and is a regular on Irish national radio. A BBC television appearance on Paul Hollywood’s Pies & Puds allowed Arun to introduce some wonderfully esoteric wares, and share some of his surprising ways with spice.
His first cookbook, Fresh Spice, published by Pavilion in October 2014 (Wild Spice, published by Sterling in USA), introduces readers to an entirely new way of thinking about spices, and is tipped as a tome with potential to revolutionise popular perceptions on the topic.
With his skills in hot demand from top chefs the world over, Arun roves the globe to share his knowledge and help develop dishes that completely redefine diners' ideas about spice. He develops new products with
retailers and restaurants, as well as experimenting at Green Saffron's own ‘Centre for Spice Innovation’. He hosts regular pop-up restaurant events in the UK and in April-May 2016 in Paris.
As a noted spice authority, Arun boasts an ever-expanding encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject. He can capture a crowd's imagination within a few seconds, and retain their interest for hours. He is a favourite at events such as the annual Abergavenny Food Festival, Malton Festival, and Ideal Home Show. In 2016 he is hosting a series of pop-up restaurants in Paris.