Nik Sharma’s path to food blogging has been indirect. He was born and raised in India before coming to the United States for his undergraduate education. He studied Molecular Biology at Georgetown and then later became a pharmaceutical researcher for seven years. He wasn’t satisfied however. He wanted to abandoned that career to follow his dreams to cook that he had been nurturing since his days in India. But before he could completely move forward, he tested the waters by starting his blog, A Brown Table, in 2011. Over the years he has gained a steady following, with his blog being hailed for its unique & inventive flavor pairings and uncommon, dark and dramatic photography. In fact his recipes and photography have racked up some impressive accolades and awards, including recognition in the form of a digital media award for best photography from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) in 2015 and 2016. Better Homes & Garden selected his blog as a part of their top ten best healthy food blogs, and Conde Nast even selected his Instagram as one of the best for food! And these are just a few of his many achievements!
The success of A Brown Table helped reiterate & validate his decision to leave science. Finally, in 2015 he became a pastry chef at a local bakery. Initially, it was just for a two month trial period, but Nik’s passion and skill earned him a permanent stay. Although his parents were concerned about his career change, he notes that they are supportive now. Currently, Nik wears many hats. He’s a contributor for the San Francisco Chronicle, a full time food photographer and blogger. He lives in Oakland, California with his husband Michael.
We have been avid fans of his blog, A Brown Table, since around its inception. We absolutely love how A Brown Table parallels Sharma’s Indo-American upbringing with fascinating fusion recipes like Masala Chai Ginger Snaps, Cardamom Saffron Olive-Oil Pound Cake, or Fenugreek, Mint, & Pea Shoot Pesto. As we gear up for football season and endless tailgates we wanted to share Sharma’s vegetarian-friendly Indian Style Beet Burgers recipe. This dish will make you rethink buying those frozen masala burgers. Here he successfully creates a sweet + spicy burger by pairing beets, minty raita, and goat cheese with the heat of thai chilies and garam masala. Warning though, eating these burgers might make you parallel those steamy famous-people-eating-a-carl-juniors-burger commercials as the raita slowly drips down your hand.
Click here to check out this recipe directly on A Brown Table and be sure to follow Nik Sharma on instagram (@abrowntable)!