Vimala Rajendran has been cooking in the south since 1985. She is the chef and founder of Vimala’s Curryblossom Café in downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her restaurant has been bringing homecooked Indian flavors from her home state of Kerala, her beloved Mumbai and other parts of India since 2010, when it was voted “Best New Restaurant in the Triangle” by INDY Week. Since then, Vimala’s has been voted “Best Indian Restaurant in the Triangle” for eight consecutive years (2011 through 2018), and Vimala herself was awarded Best Chef in 2018.
A longtime activist for progressive causes including environmental justice, grassroots media, farm- and restaurant-worker rights, Vimala believes that delicious, wholesome food is a human right. Operating under the principle “Vimala cooks, everybody eats,” no one is ever turned away at her restaurant.
Vimala is available for speaking engagements and workshops for organizations concerned with agriculture, food justice and workers’ rights.