Chef Adelbert Bucher has created large-scale chocolate replicas of the Blue Mosque in Turkey, the Emirates Towers in Dubai, and just last week, the Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. On Thursday evening, the Lindt master chocolatier unveiled his latest mouth-watering creation — an intricate model of the Taj Mahal — at ITC Maurya.
35 kilograms of white chocolate, gold flakes and three days of backbreaking craftsmanship went into recreating the 55-centimetre high monument of love that incidentally, the chef has never visited. “We have used a homemade mould for it. I decided to make the Taj because it is India’s most famous monument,” says the 68-year-old Swiss. “Unfortunately, I’ve not yet visited it.”
Bucher, who eats at least 100 grams of chocolate everyday, says appreciating chocolate is “more complicated” than tasting wine. The best way to enjoy its “bouquet of hundreds of flavours” is by keeping it in the mouth for a few minutes before swallowing.
As for the chocolate Taj, it is on display in the hotel’s lobby till April 14. What happens to it afterwards? “It’ll be destroyed,” he says.