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'Big B elevated chefs' profession'

Amitabh Bachchan has raised the respect for the profession through his role in Cheeni Kum, says chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2007 16:55 IST

Amitabh Bachchan has elevated the respect of chefs' profession by portraying the character on the silver screen, says country's one of the most famous cook, Sanjeev Kapoor. "He (Bachchan) is excellent no doubt. He did justice to the character.

In fact after Cheeni Kum, the respect for chefs has gone up," says the kitchen expert. Compliment from a real-life protagonist for his histrionics is just yet another feather in the cap of the Bollywood legend who portrayed the character of a professional restaurateur in the film. <b1>

"I knew about the script well before when the film was in the process of making. They (the film crew) had contacted me to have a better understanding of the character. Indeed Amitabh's performance as a restaurant professional was really great. Right from his style and dressing to his arrogance, every thing was excellent in the movie," adds Sanjeev.

The cooking maestro has just come up with his new book India's best Cooking with Olive oil launched at the International Conference on Mediterranean Diets and Health held recently in the Capital. Welcoming the Supreme Court's recent judgment withdrawing ban on women bartenders in the Capital, the chef says, "Any thing which discriminates people- be it gender or colour or any thing else- should not exist."

When asked about the possible challenge for male bartenders, the chef said, "It's good if there would be a competition among male and female professional. There can be no unfair advantage in any field. I think the overall standard of the industry will go up. Sanjeev has included some of the most favourite Indian dishes in his new book so as to "make both- professional and home cooks- not only succeed in preparing food in modern and global way but also feel good to share it".

"My heart is Indian and that's what prompted me to write the book which is based on cooking with olive oil," Kapoor says adding "Because unlike any other thing such as temple or mosque, which divides people, food is a unifying factor." According to Sanjeev, apart from being tastier and healthier than the traditional food, the Mediterranean dishes which are generally cooked with olive oil also suit the modern Indian lifestyle. "In our food, there are lot of influences which have come from the Mediterranean diets. In our country where we have been suffering from many lifestyle diseases like diabetes, cancer among others, I think the importance of changing the medium of cooking is immense," says Sanjeev.

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