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Bal Arneson
Host, Author, Celebrity Chef
Spice Goddess

Born in a small village in India, Bal immigrated to Canada through an arranged marriage as a young girl. Soon thereafter she was disowned by her family because she ran away to a women’s shelter with her infant child. With hardly any English, no education, and no financial or family support, she began her humble journey from cleaning people’s home and learning English in the evening. Today, she has her Master’s in Education, a successful career, and is a mother of two amazing children, living in her dream home she designed and built in BC Canada. Her journey is described “a classic rags-to-riches tale” by the New York Daily News, as her triumphant life story is the epitome of what it means to harness and tap into your inner strength and overcome adversity and challenges. Bal has risen to the top, building her culinary career and successful food businesses, landing her experiences such as launching her cooking shows on a media tour through Asia, walking on Oprah’s Red Carpet in New York, and highlighting Indian cuisine for the event hosted by the King of Sharjah in the UAE.

She has three national best-selling cookbooks: ‘Everyday Indian’, ‘Bal’s Quick and Healthy Indian’ which won the Asian Cuisine category prize for Canada by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and ‘Bal’s Spice Kitchen’. Her Hollywood Collaborations include ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’.