Ghee means pure.
Ghee has a symbolic meaning both spiritually and in the kitchen of an Indian home. Chef Niven elevates traditional Indian home cooking to a new level by using ingrediants from local, artisan purveyors. "I want to my guests to walk into Ghee with the sense of entering my home. I want them to feel at home. I want them to smell the aromas and spices and get more engaged in their meal. One of the things that I always tell my cooks is, ask questions, be inquisitive if you don’t know. I want the same for my guests."
A pursuit for knowledge was the stimulus and continues to be the driving force behind Chef Niven’s career. The 33-year-old was born in Georgia to parents of a traditional Indian heritage. Patel’s passion for cooking came early on, he says, “I have been cooking all my life. I used to make my menus as a child and let my family order, and then I went into the kitchen to cook whatever they wanted.”