Chef Jehangir Mehta Hosts May 4 'Meet and Eat'

What better way for students to celebrate the last day of classes than with a festive outdoor meal—especially when lemongrass kebabs are on the menu?

This year, Smith Dining Services is hosting a “meet and eat” event with guest chef Jehangir Mehta, former pastry chef at New York City’s Jean-Georges and owner of Grafitti restaurant in the East Village—among other city restaurants.

Mehta—known for inventive desserts and dishes that draw on his South Asian heritage—will be on campus Thursday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. on Chapin Lawn. His menu will feature bok choy and berry salad, chicken lo mein, pork lemongrass shish kebab and tadka poka rice. Dessert will be ice cream from Maple Valley Creamery.

Inviting chefs to campus is a new tradition of the past few years. In 2016, chef Mai Pham, owner of Lemon Grass Restaurant in Sacramento, Calif., created the end-of-semester menu for students.

Mehta will work with Dining Services staff to create this year’s celebratory meal. In the event of rain, Thursday’s gathering will be held at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

About Jehangir Mehta

Mehta, who grew up in Mumbai, India, attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., according to his website.

After his first job at L’Absinthe in New York City, he worked as pastry chef under the direction of James Chew at the now closed Vong restaurant. From there, Mehta quickly made the leap to Jean-Georges.

He went on to open Mercer Kitchen, Aix, Grafitti, Graffiti Earth and Me & You restaurants in New York City.

In addition to his career as a restaurateur, Mehta also founded an event management business and Candy Camp, a cooking camp for children.

The author of the cookbook Mantra: the Rules of Indulgence (2008 Harper-Collins), he has been a contestant on Iron Chef America and has appeared on other national television programs, including Martha!