Celebrating The Great Food Show – Delhi – November 2014
The who’s who of the capital’s food world came to the powerhouse of culinary action that was The Great Food Show at The Grand, New Delhi
After the roaring success of its debut in Mumbai, the second edition of The Great
Food Show presented by Fortune Soya Badi took Delhi by storm on 22nd and 23rd November at The Grand,Vasant Kunj. Spread over two palate-popping days, the celebrations brought together great food, fine wine and foot-tapping music to the city. The line up of the great food show was spectacular: 17 master chefs hosting interactive cooking sessions, over 80 exhibitors showcasing artisanal and gourmet products, a spirit arena serving a wide range of drinks and a live band serenading the guests through the evening — the show had it all. The restaurant pop-ups and Delhi chaat and paratha counters straight from ChandniChowk were thronged by hungry foodies. It was most definitely a food lover’s dream come true and a weekend well spent.
The event was organised in association with BBC Good Food India magazine. Its associate partners were Tupperware, India Gate and Borges. The breakfast partner was Murginns while the radio partner was Radio One and the event partner was Wire Media Consulting. Some of the eminent people present at the show were Rocky Singh, Mayur Sharma, Rocky Mohan and Pawan Soni, to name a few.
EXHIBITORS & ARTISANAL PRODUCERS
The lush gardens at The Grand transformed into a bustling food carnival with an avalanche of gourmet products and artisanal eats on display for the visitors to try, taste and buy. Among the
niche stalls dotting the grounds were Anandini Himalaya Tea, the Altitude store with their wide range of French-style cheeses and Juice Up with their raw pressed juices. Other stalls included Organic India, Borges, Goldiee One One Noodles, Farell and Murginns. The Kayastha food stall put together by writer Anoothi Vishal was among the most interesting stalls serving up unique traditional delicacies like kulle and kathal ki tahiri.
Foodies filled up their shopping bags with fresh produce from the organic veggie stalls and picked up artisanal cheeses at special discounts. The collaborated restaurant pop-up organised by Zambar, Asia 7, Punjab Grill and Fresc Co was a real crowd pleaser. Other noteworthy exhibitors included Frugurpop with organic fruit popsicles, Sugarama with gorgeous artisan chocolates and macarons, Flanders with exotic cheeses like bocconcini and scamorza, The Gourmet Jar with delicious jams, Naani ki Matthi with home-made healthy Indian snacks and Spice Jar with natural home-made pickles.
Sweet lovers were totally spoilt for choice – carrot cake from Elma’s, cupcakes from Whipped! and the famed Daulat Ki Chaat from Chandni Chowk, all found their way to The Great Food Show.
Culinary greats from around the country gathered at the Masterclass Theatre to share their signature recipes with the guests. In an impressive line-up of 18 masterclasses with 17 chefs, tips and tricks were shared for making restaurant quality dishes at home.
Day one kicked off with chef Shaun Kenworthy whipping up pub grub using products like bandel cheese and local greens.
Chef Ajay Chopra took guests on a foodie trip to the Arab souks with Middle East-inspired street food using Fortune Rice Bran Oil, while chef Shantanu Mehrotra from Indian Accent used India Gate Basmati Rice to revamp the humble khichri into a classy arancini.
Saransh Goila wooed the crowd with his take on Indian street food using Goldiee masalas. His demonstration featured edgy dishes like Pomegranate Pani Puri and Achaari Paneer Canapés. Chef Meraj Ul Haque, the executive chef of The Great Kabab Factory, broke down myths about kebab making with his easy-to-make Anjeer Bhare Dahi Ke Kabab. Chef Alessandro Cargiolli guided the participants through a masterclass sponsored byTupperware where they made fresh pasta and paired it with simple sauces. Chef Zhou Jian from The Taj prepared authentic Chinese recipes, while fresh sushi made with quinoa was the star of chef Vikram Khatri’s masterclass, presented by Organic India.
Day two began with a masterclass by chef Nishant Choubey, who introduced the crowd to Creole cooking. Chef Joy Banerjee of Calcutta’s cutting-edge restaurant, Bohemian, showcased modern Bengali dishes whereas chef Avanti Mathur infused Pina Saffron into her classic desserts with an Indian twist.
The afternoon masterclass with chef Kunal Kapur drew a full house. He conducted an interactive session and ended the class with a selfie! Chef Vicky Ratnani, with his quirky sense of humour kept the class lively and interesting. His Strawberry risotto was quite a head-turner. Delhi’s pastry queen Kishi Arora taught the audience how to get innovative with Frish Samosa Patti whereas chef Vikas Vibhuti, pastry chef at The Oberoi, showcased an array of desserts using Bosco Pancake Syrup. Chefs Julia Carmen Desa and Jatin Mallick from Tres wowed the audience by creating wholesome meals using basic ingredients like olive oil, olives, pasta and walnuts from Borges. It was waffles all the way in chef Sabyasachi Gorai’s masterclass. He served up interesting savoury combinations using Murginns wheat porridge. The two-day affair ended with an Indian masterclass conducted by chef Kaushik Jadali of The Grand, New Delhi, who fired up delectable kebabs for the guests with Fortune Soya Chunks and besan.
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