We met with Manjunath Mural, the first recipient of the Michelin star for Indian cuisine in Southeast Asia during Jakarta Culinary Feastival to talk about changing the perception towards Indian cuisine. As the first recipient of the Michelin star for Indian cuisine in Southeast Asia, being a chef was not Manjunath Mural’s first career goal. Coming from a family of doctors, it would be natural to assume that he would become one, but after undergoing training during college whilst studying hotel management, and seeing how well-respected the culinary industry is, he had finally decided that being a chef is the path for him. Now, he holds the position of Executive Chef for the Singaporean restaurant “Song of India”, and had first earned the prestigious Michelin star on 2016. Three years later, he had led the establishment to be awarded a Michelin star for three consecutive years. During his visit for Jakarta Culinary Feastival, we met with chef Manjunath Mural to talk about the development of Indian cuisine, how the Michelin star has affected him as well as his ways of incorporating modern elements in Indian cuisine.