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Mr Minister, Your Vegetarian Agenda Will Only Hurt The Career Prospects of Young Aspiring Chefs Misled by Your Propaganda

Posted: July 16, 2015 at 3:24 am   /   Fortune Cookie

THE COUNTRY’S Textile Minister, Santosh Gangwar, is making news lately not for a policy initiative of far-reaching consequence for whatever remains of the textile industry, but for lobbying for the right of vegetarian hotel management students not to cook non-vegetarian food in their institutes, even if their syllabus requires them to do so. As a […]

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The Agony & Ecstasy of a Michelin-Star Chef: Plain Speaking Over a Gourmet Meal with Laurent Peugeot at JW Marriott Juhu

Posted: April 23, 2015 at 3:21 am   /   Fortune Cookie

IF YOU consider the worldwide hype over Michelin stars, you’d wonder why most chefs who have got the first, do not wish for the next. I remember when I first met a Michelin one-star chef, a young man from San Sebastian, Spain, a town with more Michelin-star restaurants per sq.km. than any other, I asked […]

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The Stories of Awadh’s Kitchens That Survived After Wajid Ali Shah

Posted: March 1, 2015 at 3:12 am   /   Fortune Cookie

WHEN Salma Husain arrived in Delhi in 1964 to take up a translator’s job in the Persian section of the National Archives of India, she was the first young woman from her community to move out of her parental home and pursue a career when she was still unmarried. Salma apa, as she’s known among […]

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The Oberoi Group Shows How Heritage Recipes Can Be Recorded and Saved for Future Generations

Posted: January 29, 2015 at 3:07 am   /   Fortune Cookie

Kapil Chopra spearheads first-of-its-kind national initiative by a five-star hotel THIS PAST Sunday, as Delhi’s glitterati knocked back honey mustard chicken tikkas and gooseberry daiquiris, and jived with an energetic Mumbai band belting out ’80s favourites at the sunny launch of Rahul and Malini Akerkar’s Indigo Delhi, I couldn’t help remembering that when I was […]

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INSPIRED BY INDIGO: Turn Delhi’s Public Spaces Into Food & Fun Magnets

Posted: January 15, 2015 at 3:02 am   /   Fortune Cookie

THIS PAST Sunday, as Delhi’s glitterati knocked back honey mustard chicken tikkas and gooseberry daiquiris, and jived with an energetic Mumbai band belting out ’80s favourites at the sunny launch of Rahul and Malini Akerkar’s Indigo Delhi, I couldn’t help remembering that when I was growing up at Netaji Nagar next door in the late […]

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Delhi Develops an Appetite for Exotic Meats and Suppliers Cash in On It

Posted: January 1, 2015 at 3:49 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

IT’S SO commonplace to hear expat chefs complaining about Delhi’s infamous poverty of quality ingredients that it has stopped making news for me. My ears therefore cocked up the other day when Christophe Gillino, the talented yet low-key executive chef of The Leela Palace New Delhi at Chanakyapuri, pointed out to me how his guests […]

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FORTUNE COOKIE: Why Nooba Rocks Despite Cyber Hub’s Runaway Success

Posted: November 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

GURGAON’S Cyber Hub may have rattled the economics of just about every restaurant within a 5km radius, but the one nearest to it carries on as if nothing has happened around it. All those who work at Tower C of DLF Cyber City’s Building No. 8, and they include a substantial number of those on […]

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FORTUNE COOKIE: Diversity Is What We ‘Make Best In India’

Posted: October 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

Architect-interior designer-writer Husna Rahaman and celebrity chef Ranveer Brar celebrate India’s culinary diversity in the same way as Masala Art’s recent ode to the country’s temple food IT WAS Tara Deshpande Tennebaum‘s A Sense for Spice that first made me realise the extent of our country’s culinary diversity. Imagine, you are travelling on the Konkan […]

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ONLY MADE IN INDIA! Show Me A Composite Chocolate, Or Else…!

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 3:20 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

The more you delve into the Food Safety and Standards Act, and the rules framed under it, the more you are convinced of the dire need to scrap it. Find out why patissiers as much as regular consumers are being denied their favourite chocolate brands. SORRY, I AM beginning to sound like an old gramophone […]

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FORTUNE COOKIE: It Takes Just A Law to Kill Fine Dining

Posted: September 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm   /   Fortune Cookie

A WELL-REGARDED expat chef of Indian origin said to me the other day that he was going back to Italy because he didn’t see any future for international cuisine in this country. He wasn’t exaggerating. His hotel, one of India’s showpiece addresses, will run out of rice used to make risotto by December and there’s […]

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