Recipe: Avocado Carpaccio

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SHOOTING WITH THE STARS

Thrilling. Memorable. Delicious moments. Woven together in Los Angeles,  when we were shooting for an international cooking competition for  Netflix, the worlds largest streaming network. The India episode of The Final table, brought together superstars… Michelin starred celebrity chef Vineet Bhatia, awardwinning Actor Madhavan, Hasan Minhaj and yours truly as the India food critic on the judging panel. Amongst  the 24 contestant chefs, there was only one from India… national award winning best female chef Amninder Sandhu. What did  we all have in common? Shooting in Los Angeles super hitech Sony Pictures studio.

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Lunching at the LA landmark Chef Samir Roonwal and Lauren Dutton Breen.

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And of course, fittingly enough, Netflix hosted  our stay in the most iconic of Los Angeles hotels…,

The LA landmark, “pretty woman hotel”, Beverly Wilshire. Located on the glamour boulevard to the world, the Rodeo drive, its been a favorite of  Hollywood and Bollywood superstars for nine decades. Star spangled Hollywood dines ,meets and stays here and happily so do ShahRukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Anil Kapoor and others.

 And it continues to rock with a youthful energy. Feeding this super glam contemporary buzz in this legendary hotel    is our very own Executive chef Samir Roonwal Specialized in Contemporary International and Asian Cuisine. Having dined at  Michelin starred Chef Vineet Bhatias restaurants in London Dubai and Mumbai, it was great to spend relaxed time with him lunching on the sundrenched patio of the BLVD.  And nibbling on  Chef Roonwal’s healthy and delicious creations with the forever helpful lovely Lauren Dutton Breen was a treat. Here, two of my passions come together in a sacred union, cutting edge food and plenty of vibrantly healthy fare too. Not only does Americas leading chef Wolfgang Puck’s CUT restaurant raise the bar but Chef Roonwal serves up equally spectacular healthy fare. Here’s a sample …

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Avocado carpaccio.

Avocado Carpaccio

Ingredients

2  Avocados

1 Whole Lemon Juice

4 Teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 Teaspoon sea salt

1 Oz  Caviar

10 ml Fennel Oil

1 Fennel Flower for Garnish (optional)

Freshly Cracked Black Pepper, To Taste

Method

  1. Cut the Avocados in half and remove the stone and the skin.
  2. Slice the Avocado very thin and arrange it one by one in an overlapping form.
  3. Sprinkle lemon juice on the cut pieces. Season with salt and cracked Pepper.
  4. Brush some Fennel Oil on the Avocado.
  5. Garnish with a quenelle of  and a fennel Flower.
  6. Enjoy!

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  Shooting with Superstar Madhavan,
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 Michelin starred chef Vineet Bhatia with Samir Roonwal.
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Chef Amninder Sandhu.

 

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UNDER THE STARS

First time ever… You can now sleep under the stars in this shimmering city of stars. Camping in a tent for two on the top of Beverly Hills most iconic landmark. “Glamping” just got redefined…  a tent with a shimmering crystal chandelier, marble lamps, and  plush rugs. Feasting not just on unparalleled, breathtaking city views but feasting also on te exclusive, 8 course gourmet glamping tasting menu which changes seasonally, in which every dish is customized to your choice.  Chef Roonwal cooks this tasting menu in person, on the Veranda, using elevated takes on picnic table favorites.  End with innovative reimagination of Campfire S’mores with 24k gold leaf from celebrity chef Chris Ford.  Luxury drips in every practical detail. Here,reality is more exciting than fantasy!!!

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First time ever: “Glamping”.
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