25 of India’s Biggest Chef’s Cookbook by Dr.Saagarika Ghosal

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Recently METRO celebrated Culinary Art and Science by unveiling ’25 of India’s Biggest Chefs Their stories and recipes’ authored by  Dr. Saagarika Ghosal, Director – Human Resources at METRO Cash & Carry India.

I was lucky enough to get an invite through Food Bloggers Association, Bangalore- FBAB to witness this grand launch party .

The day was 14th of February and the Venue was  Le Meridien, Bangalore. METRO celebrates Entrepreneurship with this one of a kind book .

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First of all we are greeted by the PR people for the event and escorted us into the banquet hall of Le Meridien.There is sheer pleasure is seeing the table set for the invited celebrity Chef’s whose recipes find a place in this epic book. Then we were shown an Audio Visual Video on METRO and it’s well-recognised Chef-o-logy platform to support and nurture promising culinary talent.

METRO believes in ‘Farm to Folk’ kind of logistic and successful entrepreneurship in this competitive market . METRO stands for Quality, Timeless and Dedication to Food.Kudos to the commendable  effort of the research team behind this book which represents essence of local flavor and diverse cuisine of our country.This is a great initiative as for the first time such a compilation is published to satisfy the Chef’s in all of us. It’s the ultimate Culinary Salutation to all the Chef’s.

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Dr. Saagarika Ghosal launched the book with all the eminent Chef’s sharing the platform with her. She herself felicitated some of the top Indian Chef’s  who are in a league of their own and have made a mark not only in the Indian Culinary arena, but have also earned recognition internationally. Those Chef’s who are unable to attend the ceremony has sent their recorded Audio Visual video’s sharing their valuable thought’s about this book.Those honoured included chefs Abhijit Saha, Kunal Kapoor, Sabyasachi Gorai and Vicky Ratnani, among others.

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According to the author – A Chef is like an artist who has really achieved artistic empowerment and taken India to an International Culinary Map.Other than the food, each and every one who is involved in not only the aspect of food but the health of future generation. All of them in their own special way is giving back something to society.So one can easily get inspired by the life of a Chef.A Chef can create a a happy and vibrant environment with all the exciting food he/she is dishing out.

Speaking at the event, Dr Saagarika Ghoshal reiterated METRO’s commitment to serving the industry.  “The chefs in this book have distinguished themselves by the quality, refinement and creativity they bring to each and every dish they serve.  METRO hopes to fuel this passion for food not just amidst established chefs, but more importantly, ignite it in  future culinarians who dream of blazing a trail in the world of food”, said Dr. Ghoshal.

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Here’s the list of celebrity Chef’s whose inspiring culinary journey and one recipe each were listed in this book:

  1. Chef Abhijit Saha
  2. Chef Anil Rohira
  3. Chef Bhaskar Sankhari
  4. Chef Davinder Kumar
  5. Chef Deepa Awchat
  6. Chef Joy Bhattacharya
  7. Chef Kunal Kapur
  8. Chef Manjit Gill
  9. Chef Mayank Kulshreshtha
  10. Chef Narendra Thimmaiah
  11. Chef Nimish Bhatia
  12. Chef Pallav Singhal
  13. Chef Pankaj Bhadouria
  14. Chef Rajesh Dubey
  15. Chef Ramaswamy Selvaraju
  16. Chef Ritu Dalmia
  17. Chef Sabyasachi Gorai
  18. Chef Salil Fadnis
  19. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor
  20. Chef Shaun Kenworthy
  21. Chef Soundarajan P
  22. Chef Sudhir Pai
  23. Chef Vicky Ratnani
  24. Chef Vijaya Bhaskaran
  25. Chef Vikas Khanna

Chef Abhijit Saha who believes in ‘God lies in small details’

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Chef Anil Rohira the pastry Chef who believes in ‘Balanced Diet for Good health’

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Chef Narendra Thimmaiah who is the torch bearer of Culture known as King of Karavalli’

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Chef Nimish Bhatia who believes in ‘Cooking lies in heart and Soul’

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Chef Ramaswamy Selvaraju who believes in ‘ Passion makes one a Chef’

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Chef Sabyasachi Gorai who is the torch bearer of ‘Slow Food Movement’

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Chef Soundarajan P who tastes the food before adding the salt

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and then Chef Vijaya Bhaskaran for whom Simplicity is the ultimate Sophistication.

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In this book recipes are simplified and very well presented. Lots of efforts and planning goes into creating this book which got 25 innovative recipes from top 25 chef’s . So many sleepness night’s, endless cups of coffee and constant follow up’s with the Chef’s results into this book which took nearly 6 months to finish.

From Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s Shaam Savera to Chef Kunal Kapur’sHaleem Kebab and Chef Vikas Khanna’s Star Anise and Bay Leaf-Infused Lamb Chops, each curated recipe introduces readers to a new gastronomic journey across a global culinary map.

Finishing off the event was an informal culinary demo by award-winning Indian chef Sabyasachi Gorai at the pool sideHe demonstrated  a quick ,healthy and delicious recipe Mixed Millets (Ancient grains of India) Risotto with Prawns in Coconut milk. The crowd favorite Author sportingly cook along with Chef Sabyasachi.

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Lastly we are treated with lipsmaking  food at the pool side dinner buffet.

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This book is a must have for everyone who shared a special bond with food and have a favorite food memory. The book has an excellent collection of delectable and mouthwatering recipes.

Lastly goes our Indian Proverb – Eat Well, drink in moderation and sleep abound, in these three good health abound.

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About METRO Cash & Carry:

METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 26 countries with over 750 self-service wholesale stores. With a headcount of about 117,000 employees worldwide, the wholesale company achieved sales of about € 31 billion in the financial year 2013/2014. Headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany, METRO Cash & Carry is a sales division of METRO GROUP, one of the largest and most international retailing companies. In the financial year 2013/14, the Group generated sales of around € 63billion.

METRO Cash & Carry commenced operations in India in 2003 with the opening of its first wholesale distribution centre in India at Yeshwantpur, Bangalore.  In India, METRO Cash & Carry currently has nineteen operational wholesale centres – four in Bangalore, three in Hyderabad, two each in Mumbai and Delhi, and one each in Kolkata, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Zirakpur, Amritsar, Vijayawada, Indore and Jaipur.

Interesting recipes from readers of METRO Chef-o-logy are invited for their newsletter Foodilicious. So email your recipe at foodilicious@metro.co.in and join the club of food lovers.

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