Chef Joel Basumatari is India Food Tourism Org’s Chef Ambassador for North East India. He currently manages Saucy Joe’s Food Processing Unit in Dimapur, Nagaland. Founder Slow Food Community Nagaland for Biodiversity and Heritage Preservation. Winner of North East Food Show Chef Wars at Meghalaya, Shillong, 2019 Hospitality Management Graduate from University of West London, London and Diploma from International Institute of Hotel Management, Kolkata. Joel has worked in the food and hospitality industry for many years. Joel has also worked with NESFAS (North East Slow Food Agrobiodiversity Society) and has represented the organization in several international food fests.
He has attended Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2014, 2016, & 2018 a major biennial conference which are held in Torino, Italy. He was a chef de partie at Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow, commis chef at London Marriott Hotel Regents Park, commis chef at The Washington Mayfair Hotel London, and he has also done his industrial training at Oberoi Trident Towers, Mumbai. He has also been a Head judge and mentor in NAGA CHEF cooking competition for seven years (2013-2019), and has judged in ‘Morung Fest’ cooking competition 2013 & 2015, Nagaland, cooking competition at Thuwuni Festival, Pughoboto, Nagaland 2014, 2016 & 2018.
He has also done Northeast food promotion In Kolkata, called Jewels of Northeast at ITC Sonar Eden Pavillion, Kolkata in the year 2015, The North East food festival at The Square, Novotel, Kolkata 2016. He has also been featured in Living Foodz channel alongside Chef Kunal Kapur in Pickle Nation and Bira 91 Hot Stuff Rocky & Mayur.