Bal Arneson is a TV Host, an award winning author, a Compass Celebrity Chef, and a well-known culinary personality. She is internationally known for her trademark spice infused cooking, and is a passionate advocate for simple and healthy Indian recipes, as she believes food can be your medicine. Originally from a small village in the Punjab, India, Bal, at the age of seven, learned how to cook from her elders over coals in a small clay pit.
Her TV Shows are airing in several countries around the world, including the US Cooking Channel and Food Network Canada. She is the host of ‘Spice Goddess’, which was nominated for a James Beard Award and NAMIC Vision Award, and ‘Spice of Life’. Bal has been a judge on ‘Iron Chef America’, ‘Bobby Flay’s Dinner Battle’, and ‘Cooking with Fire’.
She has three national best selling cookbooks ‘Everyday Indian’, which won the Asian Cuisine category prize for Canada by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, ‘Bal’s Quick and Healthy Indian’, and Bal’s Spice Kitchen’. Her Hollywood Menu Collaborations include ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.
She came to Canada with no education, hardly any English, and no family support. Her humble journey began from cleaning people’s home as a single mom and learning English in the evening. Today, she has her Masters in education, a wonderful career, and is a mother of two amazing children..