Anita Jaisinghani was born and raised in India and is of Sindhi descent. Trained as a microbiologist, she developed her love of food into a career, beginning with a catering business and selling chutneys through Whole Foods Market. Her first restaurant job was at Café Annie where she worked in the pastry department. Ms. Jaisinghani opened Indika in 2001, serving deeply personal dishes that illustrated her desire to portray Indian food in a new light. Pondicheri followed in 2011, expanding with the 2014 opening of the Bake Lab + Shop. With all of her kaleidoscopic menus, chef Anita combines the complexities of Indian cuisine with leanings toward the ancient body of wisdom of Ayurveda, the magic of spices, and the goodness of fresh, local ingredients.