Food has immense strength to instil creativity and empower people of the LGBTQ community, says chef Chris Trapani, who specialises in Tex-Mex food. The American transgender chef who was recently in India on a five-city tour, conducted culinary workshops for the members of the transgender community to help them run a food truck business. “I know that eking out a living in India is a huge struggle for transgenders in India. But I believe that every gender is equal, and people here will soon realize and give them their due,” says Trapani.
The chef met many transgenders on his first visit to India, who are very passionate about cooking. “The people I met are very passionate and talented. If given an equal chance, they can prove to be excellent. Their passion and love for food and the desire to learn more is so heartening. Cooking can also be a very therapeutic experience for them, and if they get into the business of food truck like me, it can totally take off in India, ” says the chef who was invited to India by The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group that is supporting his initiative.
Headquartered in New Delhi, the company opened its first hotel here in 1988 under the dynamic leadership of Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri, who spearheaded the Group’s unprecedented expansion plans.
Rapid expansion and consolidation of its leadership position continues under the enterprising stewardship of Dr. Jyotsna Suri, who took over as Chairperson & Managing Director in 2006.
All hotels within the group operated under the brand The Grand – Hotels, Palaces & Resorts. It was re-branded as ‘The LaLiT’ on November 19, 2008 as a tribute to the company’s Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri.
The company offers twelve luxury Hotels, Places & Resorts and two mid market segment hotels under The LaLiT Traveller brand offering 2261 rooms.