Mid-day, Mumbai, Updated: February 12, 2013 11:56 IST
Become master chefs in 48 hours! The world-renowned Taste Festival makes its South Asian debut right here in Mumbai this month, where celebrity chefs will teach you to cook up a storm. And if eating is your true love, there will be some serious indulging in good food and drinks too.
Picture this: Chefs you've admired for years on television showing off their signature skills, will just be a few feet away from you answering your queries. And that London restaurant you've heard so much about, will not just transport itself right here but also let you taste a bit of their gourmet recipes. Why would you want to be anywhere other than Marine Drive between February 22 and 24?
The Taste of Mumbai -- based on the popular Taste Festival concept -- is coming to the Indian subcontinent for the first time. Apart from 19 celebrity chefs from 12 restaurants who will share with you their recipes and allow you to sample a few, there will be a wide array of gourmet food and beverages as well as lifestyle products on display. (Chefs give live demonstration of gourmet dishes at Taste of London in 2012. Pic courtesy / Tom Frost)
Taste, which began its journey a decade ago, has been held in 14 cities of Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Africa till now. "The Taste of Mumbai represents the wonderful diversity that makes Mumbai the city it is -- truly a melting pot," says Justin Clarke, CEO, Taste, who is excited about trying the various cuisines that Taste of Mumbai has on offer.
The idea is unique but will a food festival with live demonstrations from celebrity chefs and restaurateurs woo the audience enough? "While food has always been an important part of Indian life, gourmet food has now gained popularity across classes. This makes it the perfect time to introduce the Taste festival to India," says well-known author and chef Karen Anand whose organisation ASK for Food, is bringing the festival to Mumbai.
Participants indulge in some wine tasting at last year's Taste of London
"The popularity and glamour of shows like MasterChef and the fact that many of our chefs are so articulate, has given them celebrity status," she continues. Perhaps this is why a charity cook-off between celebrity chefs has been introduced at the Taste of Mumbai. "Chef Vikas Khanna will host the charity cook-off, which will have two teams of great chefs competing against each other. Each will have to work with mystery boxes (just like in MasterChef)," describes Anand. The audience is encouraged to contribute to a charity Chef Khanna is affiliated with. "Guess who the winner will be and you might win a trip to New Zealand," adds Anand.
Taste, which began its journey a decade ago, has been held across 14 cities of Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Africa till now