Chef Archna Becker
After her appearance on Jam Cruise 13, we are excited to welcome back Archna as the first ever Chefs at Sea alumni!
As the creative force behind the tantalizing food of Bhojanic, and new quick serve concept Bhojanic Market, and one of the most awarded and popular Indian food restaurants in the greater Atlanta area, Archna Becker has earned an amazing amount of accolades in her 20 plus year restaurateur career. She has garnered “Best” Indian restaurant awards from countless prestigious magazines, blogs and other publications including Creative Loafing, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Cuisine, City Search and Atlanta Magazine, which named Bhojanic one of Atlanta’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Archna (pronounced “urch-na”) is on the board of the Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). She has been a regular guest host on a local radio talk show for foodies and has taught private and public cooking lessons in association with a national cooking equipment retailer. In 2013 the GRA nominated Archna for Restaurateur of the Year.
Most recently, Archna was accepted into the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier, and catered private engagements for players, and sponsors of the 80th Masters Tournament in Agusta, GA. As the 2016 Faces of Diversity Award winner from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Archna was recognized for her efforts in Washington D.C.. She is truly living the American Dream.
Growing up in India Archna was the little one in the kitchen, always asking questions and helping her grandmother cook the food she loved. “In our family, everyone ends up in the kitchen, cooking, eating and listening to music,” said Archna.
She was 11 when her parents brought the family to America. In the early 1990s Archna convinced her parents to co-found with her a catering business. Atlanta North Indian Cuisine (ANIC) would bring to Atlanta the authentic tastes that made up their Indian food heritage.
ANIC won ongoing catering arrangements from Grammy-winning musicians that perform frequently in the Southeast, and became a popular caterer for major events at the Atlanta Convention Center, Emory and other large Atlanta area businesses. Archna has also been hired as a Master Chef for Cloud Nine on MSC Cruise Lines as part of their Chefs at Sea program ensuring their passengers a unique culinary experience on their voyage.
After her catering success, Archna opened Bhojanic, a full service restaurant that offers authentic home-style Indian menu items that can be ordered as full meals or as individual tapas-style small plates. WIth it’s continues success the 120-seat Bhojanic location in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Bhojanic has now entered the Food Truck realm, as well as launching Bhojanic Market, a casual eatery located on the Emory University, and Georgia Tech campuses.
Both her parents continue to ensure the authenticity of the food. The family works well together, and has built a business concept that is capable of tremendous growth. Through the ANIC catering and Bhojanic restaurant operations, Archna Becker is quickly becoming one of the most recognized Indian food purveyors in Atlanta. In 2016 this led to the buildout of a brand new 4,000 square foot catering kitchen.
Among their accolades in her restaurateur career Bhojanic has been named “Best” Indian restaurant awards from countless prestigious magazines, blogs and other publications including Creative Loafing, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Cuisine, City Search and Atlanta Magazine, which named Bhojanic one of Atlanta’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2011.