It’s not everyday you wake up to discover that you’re actually living that dream you’ve been dreaming all about ever since you were a little kid. Don’t know if it’s luck or just fate but I got to meet the three men I turn to every night at 9 pm without fail.
YESSSSS I met them. The biggest culinary legends of Masterchef fame- Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calomboris at the first international food festival- World on a plate held at JW Marriott over the weekend.
The food scene in India is growing at such a rapid pace that it’s sometimes so hard to keep up with it. The festival was a great experience for all food lovers in the city to try out dishes they could never imagine having before.
The first class I attended was by Matt Preston and he took us on a real roller coaster ride with his famous Coorgi chicken. I don’t know why it’s called that as I find nothing Coorg about it but the flavours went bam in my mouth. Such a simple yet soulful dish!
The next masterclass was conducted by Gary Mehigan and winner of the first season of Masterchef India, Pankaj Bhadouria.They were given the task to use Knorr’s Pav Bhaji Masala and of course Gary the genius he is whipped up a beautiful Roast chicken with carrot puree and sesame seeds.
But my favourite masterclass of them all had to be George’s. I’ve always had a soft corner for him even on the show. He kept us entertained throughtout and thanks to his Greek roots he did his own Indianized version of the famous Souvlaki.
Growing up on Hellenic cuisine, this dish has always been close to his heart. What I was most amazed about was eating the entire crab with it’s shell and claws. Stuffed in a paratha with french fries and pickles, this was one dish I went crazy on and hence I decided to share the recipe with all of you who missed his class.