Nik Sharma is a food writer, commercial and editorial food photographer, and pastry cook. His beautiful blog, A Brown Table, won the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) award for Best Photo Based Culinary Blog in 2015 and 2016. He also writes a regular column for the San Francisco Chronicle and is currently working on his first cookbook with Chronicle Books, due out in fall 2018.
Born in Bombay into a family that has two very different cultures, Nik was very influenced by his childhood culinary experiences. "My father is Hindu and vegetarian and my mother is Catholic and non-vegetarian. So from a very young age I learned how to pair different foods. Today I like to play with mixing flavors and techniques from different countries and cultures."
A project Nik is looking forward to is a series of monthly dinners he will be hosting and cooking, starting this coming spring. The idea is to bring people together around the table to connect with each other, to create and strengthen the local community. "My food is just one aspect of the supper club; it's going to be more about how we can support and encourage each other as a local community."
At Home in Oakland with Food Writer Nik Sharma — Bite-Sized Guide: Oakland