Culinary delight at the International Chef ’s Conclave in New Delhi In a bid to promote Indian Basmati rice in the international markets, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority of India (APEDA) under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India along with All India Rice Exporters Association (AIREA) organised a 2-day culinary extravaganza, ‘Basmati for the World’. In this International Chef ’s Conclave global celebrity culinary masters such as, Chef Lionel Levy, the master French Chef who heads Une Table au Sud and has another popular restaurant La Virgule; David C. Felton, Executive Chef, Ninety Acres; Chef Edgar Navarro an uprising star when it comes to Contemporary Mexican Cuisine, etc., re-invented their own local dishes with Indian Basmati rice for a congregation of international food columnists and international trade. The main objective of the conference was to promote Indian Basmati Rice across the world by integrating Basmati rice into their local recipe. Chefs, buyers & food critics congregated from USA, Mexico, Italy, France, Moscow and other parts of the globe. As a part of Basmati promotion initiative a Basmati Coffee table book, ‘Basmati’, was released during the event carrying detailed information on this unique Indian rice, its essence and how it has been preserved over the centuries to modern days. It also included about 30 recipes created by these chefs from Basmati rice. A ‘Live Basmati Kitchen’ was the major highlight on the first day of the fiesta, where the global chefs created, displayed and served their dishes. Similarly on the second day Indian celebrity chefs, Chef Shilpi Gupta, Executive Sous Chef (Officiating Executive Chef) in The Grand Hotel, VasantKunj, New Delhi; Chef Alfonso Lomonaco an expert in Asian and Thai food; Nita Mehta whose book ‘Flavours of INDIAN COOKING’ won the Best Asian Cookbook Award at the Versailles (Paris) World Cookbook Fair and many more showcased their culinary skills with Basmati. The soiree was attended by the who’s who of the industry, diplomats and concerned government department, etc. “The thought behind this Chef Conclave was to make Basmati available to the local households in the target markets through main stream cuisines such as, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and Thai foods,” said Asit Tripathy, Chairman, APEDA.
AN INDIAN JOURNEY
Published on Jan 23, 2012