Chef Interviews

Champions of an Evolving Curry Nation. And Guess What’s Cooking at New Delhi Aerocity-Gurgaon.

Posted: April 2, 2016 at 5:22 pm   /   Chef Interviews

Third Homecoming of Britain’s ‘Curry Restaurants’ Saw Celebrated Chef Dominic Chapman & Curry Life Editor Syed Bilal Ahmed at ITC Maurya. JUST LIKE his understated personality, and his ability notĀ  to advertise his family history or his many claims to fame, there’s nothing flamboyant about Dominic Chapman‘s cooking. I met the soft-spoken, smiling Englishmen at […]

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Sri Lankan Cuisine Meets Japanese Perfection at Self-Taught Master Chef Dharshan Munidasa’s Kitchen

Posted: February 16, 2016 at 5:18 pm   /   Chef Interviews

FATE WORKS in mysterious ways. Had Sri Lankan super chef Dharshan Munidasa‘s father not died six months before he graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a double degree in Computer Engineering and International Relations in 1994, he would have taken up the corporate job that awaited him in Tokyo, his birthplace, and perhaps never opened […]

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FOOD HALL OF FAME: Eight Chefs Who Have Defined All That’s Good & New About Indian Cuisine

Posted: September 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm   /   Chef Interviews

THOSE of us who remember the Emergency days (1975-77), may find it hard to forget the slogan that every bus had to mandatorily carry: ‘India is on the move’. Today, the slogan can be re-written to state a universally acknowledged fact: ‘Indian cuisine is on the move’. We owe it to three generations of chefs, […]

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Sitting in Delhi, Eating in Madurai and Talking Khushboo Idlis with Dakshin’s Custodian, Praveen Anand

Posted: July 5, 2014 at 5:10 pm   /   Chef Interviews

FEW INDIANS have worked as hard as Praveen Anand, Brand Custodian of ITC’s Dakshin restaurants (six, and counting!) and Executive Chef, Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers, Chennai, to document our country’s rich culinary heritage and gastronomical traditions. In the last 25 years that he has spent giving birth to and mothering Dakshin restaurants across the […]

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Kwality’s Corporate Chef Sultan Mohideen Eyes Guinness World Records with 72-Kilo Paneer TikkaIT IS chicken tikka masala (CTM) that’s been making history. Back in 2001, the then UK foreign secretary Robin Cook declared it to be “a true British nation

Posted: April 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm   /   Chef Interviews

IT IS chicken tikka masala (CTM) that’s been making history. Back in 2001, the then UK foreign secretary Robin Cook declared it to be “a true British national dish”. More recently, in 2009, Pakistani-born British MP Mohammad Sarwar tabled a motion in the House of Commons seeking protected geographical status for Glasgow’s CTM. Now, it’s […]

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THE GOOD CHEF: Custodian of Delhi’s Dakshin is an Encyclopedia of Southern Gastronomy

Posted: March 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm   /   Chef Interviews

I HAVE been having food cooked by Velumurugan Paul Raj at my favourite Dakshin for many years, so when Anchal Ghosh, the EDM-loving PR of the Sheraton New Delhi, extended me an invitation to sample the Mudaliar spread laid out by the restaurant last week, I jumped at the opportunity because it meant meeting the […]

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As He Re-Engineers The Wine Company’s Menu, Chef Saby Shares Fabrica’s Business Plans

Posted: January 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm   /   Chef Interviews

I WAS trying to shake off the dreariness of Delhi’s weather the other day at my favourite Soda Bottle Openerwala (SBOW) at the DLF Cyber Hub in Gurgaon, when I ran into Megha Kohli, a young chef with the happiest face in the business. I had heard Megha had joined Fabrica, the new company floated […]

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Taj’s Grand Master, Hemant Oberoi, Unveils his First Book and a Tempting New Menu at Masala Art

Posted: December 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm   /   Chef Interviews

ONE OF the biggest mistakes The Oberoi group made was not to hire Hemant Oberoi. He was asked to tweak his surname because there could be only one Oberoi in the group. The young man destined to become the country’s most accomplished chef of his generation refused to relent. Instead, he joined the Taj, and […]

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