The Chilgoza pine is native to the northwestern Himalaya in eastern Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northwest India, and one of the most important cash crops of tribal people residing in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh.
Gaurish Shyam is a native of Kotgarh, a remote village in the Upper Shimla region of Himachal Pradesh. He has been born and brought up in Shimla. He is currently enrolled in the Culinary Arts program of Manipal University, Karnataka, and is very keen on exploring the local cuisine and indigenous ingredients found in Himachal. He has traveled across the state to learn the cuisine and has received training as a kitchen intern in various food establishments including a cheese factory.