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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Taste drive

Serena Menon, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 15, 2013
First Published: 13:24 IST(15/2/2013) | Last Updated: 18:27 IST(15/2/2013)

If you’re a foodie, Marine Drive is where you may want to be from February 22 to February 24. The globally acclaimed Taste Festivals, a series of “unique events wherein the host city’s most popular restaurants and chefs gather in a stunning venue to present their signature dishes to thousands of foodie visitors,” will debut in India with Taste of Mumbai later this month.

As part of the event, some of the top chefs from eateries across Mumbai and other cities will create sample-sized offerings of their iconic dishes for food lovers.

“It is all about restaurants and tasting, not an exhibition. People are comparing this to Upper Crust or the Kala Ghoda festival, but this is a whole different ballgame,” says Karen Anand, one of the directors of ASK For Food (the organisers), elaborating on why now is the best time for this event to launch.

Apart from pop-up stalls representing the culinary talent and their creations, the fest will also host live demonstrations and master classes at a space called a ‘taste theatre’. For instance, on Friday at 9.45 pm, restaurateur-author Ritu Dalmia will anchor a session on Italian cuisine, and on Saturday, at 1.15 pm, Pooja Dhingra, owner of Le15 Patisserie, will host a demo on French dessert. Some of the other chefs expected at the fest include Manu Chandra, Vicky Ratnani and Saby Gorai, among others.

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“The whole interest in food through travel and living has made it entertaining for people. It’s something they want to watch, even if they don’t cook themselves,” says Anand. 

The bite-sized tasting portions available will cost anything from Rs. 100 to Rs. 250 each. “Every restaurant or chef will have an iconic dish which they can price at R500,” she says. The demos, however, will be free for all to watch and learn from. Each day’s schedule has been split into two parts — 12 pm to 4 pm will make up the day session, and 6 pm to 10 pm, the evening. 

Apart from 12 participating restaurants from the city and beyond, chefs representing New York City’s Graffiti and London’s Cinnamon Club will also be present.

Taste this! (Participating eateries)
Arola, JW Marriott
China House, Grand Hyatt
Ellipsis
Kofuku
Impressario Handmade
Koh, The Intercontinental
Olive Bar and Kitchen
Prego, The Westin
Cinnamon Club, London
Caperberry, Bengaluru
Fire, The Park, Delhi
Graffiti, New York City

ON THE TUBE, IN THE PIPELINE
The channel TLC, in partnership with Taste of Mumbai, is also contributing to the list of celebrated chefs at the event with names like Mayank Tiwari and Rajesh Radhakrishnan spreading the cheer. Global experts like Struan Ralph will host a single malt tasting session and Federico Volpi will discuss traditional Tuscan cooking.


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