Osama Jalali is a seasoned food writer, Historian, restaurateur, Festival curator and a passionate Masterchef. He comes from a non-hospitality background and has reviewed over 2000 restaurants. Osama is one of the few writers who have not restrained himself to just writing but loves to work on the other side of the kitchen as he cooks and curates community/Khandaan (Awadhi, Rampuri, Shahjahani, Nizami)-based menus for hotels and private Daawat. Born and brought up in the bylanes of Old Delhi / Purani Dilli his parental roots belong to a princely estate in Uttar Pradesh called Rampur which is famous for its unique Rampuri cuisine.
Osama’s passion for food began at an early age when he used to witness his mother cooking meals in huge amounts in deghs at the feasts organized at their home very often. The flavours and ingredients used by his mother made him curious to earn more knowledge on how these delicacies are prepared. He spent his childhood among Khansamas of Delhi & Rampur gharana. That was the time when his mother learnt a lot from royal Khansamas which eventually got transferred to Osama. He loves to pass his day treating people, sharing his food and talking about the joy of eating together.
Osama has been the jury for the Big F awards for the last 4 seasons. He has also been the jury to select the chef of the year by the prestigious Indian Culinary Forum (ICF) for last 2 years and the jury for the Living Foods awards. Apart from judging competitions he has appeared on various food shows on Television and is known to be the authority on Mughlai cuisine and as an ambassador who is on a mission to revive regional Indian dying cuisine.
His Gosht/Mutton Ka halwa has been the most famous recipes he has reinvented from the bygone Mughal era and he is the only person in the country to cook it. Osama has also cooked for various state heads of the country and is know in the circuit to recreate lost recipes of the Mughal era.