Hundreds of visitors thronged the much-awaited food festival, Hindustan Times The Gourmet High Street, that started on Friday at the Leisure Valley Park in Sector 29.
The event, which is aimed at bringing food lovers together from across the city, saw visitors enjoy every aspect of the first day of the event from chefs’ demo to mixology sessions and workshops.
Food lovers were thrilled by the presence of a number of celebrity chefs and international connoisseurs such as chef Manish Mehrotra, Saransh Goila, Sarah Todd, Sanjeev Kapoor and Ranveer Brar to name a few.
The festival, which opened at 11 in the morning, is also helping to promote Indian cuisine.
Food enthusiasts participated in the cooking studio where chef Swati Jain displayed some of her cooking techniques. The theme of her cooking studio was ‘Christmas’ and people were asked to decorate cupcakes by making cherries, leaves, snowflakes and other small items that represent the mood of Christmas.
Participants were delighted to be part of the cooking studio. Most were of the opinion that the cooking studio is what made the event unique and different from other food festivals. They were able to closely watch celebrity chefs at work. Food lovers got a glimpse of behind-the-scene cooking techniques that chefs use to create make their recipes better.
“This festival is different from the others. It provides a broader aspect by establishing a close tie between food lovers and celebrity chefs. Also, cooking with the chefs is a completely different experience. We don’t get this kind of exposure anywhere,” said Shilpa Jain, a visitor.
Chef Vicky Ratnani, who will be presenting his recipe on pasta at the cooking studio, said he aims to demonstrate a quick method to prepare the dish by using only six ingredients and within a span of nine minutes.
Chefs present on the opening day of the festival said since the event was not about competing, it offered food lovers an insight into their lives. “I am here to make something that people can recreate in their kitchen all by themselves. This platform provides an opportunity to food lovers to meet like-minded people and food aficionados and not for showcasing skills,” said chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
Sharing the view, chef Ranveer Brar said, “There is always a professional as well as human aspect to a chef and spaces like these allow people to know more about the chef, which inspires them to join the field.”
They also emphasized on promoting Indian cuisine. Chef Saransh Goila, said, “I think people should respect Indian food.” Speaking about the festival he said, “This year, the festival is bigger and better with more people joining in.”