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He has done it again. Made India proud.

And that too at the most  prestigious and highly coveted World’s 50 best restaurant awards. Gaggan Anand’s Bangkok based restaurant is the only Asian restaurant to be amongst the top five. Here, Spain’s  gastronomique city of Bilbao is buzzing with the global whos who of the food world. Superstar chefs have flown in to attend these three action packed days of feasting, celebrating, deliberating. 50 best talks, Food meets art discussions  and then the grand finale of the awards in the Palacio.

On being crowned worlds best,  the tall, bespectacled passionate, inspired, philosopher genius Massimo Bottura and his lovely wife Lara receive a standing ovation.

Our very own Delhi London NYC based “Indian Accent” was ranked 90.

Powering this gigantic and magnificent global operation is an amazing dream team.  Hailing from different parts of the world, each one is dynamic, creative, efficient and  empathetic. Helmed by Charles Reed,   Tim Brooke Webb,  Helene Pietrini  William Drew who ensure that it is not just the definitive “list maker” of the greatest restaurants, but also the “tastemaker”. They  keep the World’s 50 best continuing be the Best of the best.

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Worlds best Massimo Bottura with Worlds 5th best  Gaggan Anand. Group: Will Drew, Helene Pietrini, Charles Reed, Gaggan, Rajesh Kewalramani Tim Brooke at the World’s 50 best 2018 in Bilbao.
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WORLDS BEST CHEF’S DOSA DIARIES

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Please take a look at our very own dosa lovingly held by the Worlds best chef. I  last met this brilliant and down to earth charmer, Michelin starred Daniel Humm at the prestigious Worlds 50 best restaurant awards ceremony in Melbourne. His NYC restaurant Eleven Madison park (which I’ve dined in three times) was justifiably crowned “The world’s best restaurant 2017” As the  jury chairperson of the Indian subcontinent (Worlds 50 best)  I was thrilled he  came to India and made seismic waves, cooking for The World series in Mumbai and Delhi and taking in the spices, cultures, sounds, sights, tastes of India. Since Im still in Spain on research, I could not meet him, but he sent me this email about his “tremendously inspirational” time here. Due to space constraint I can’t reproduce all he wrote. What about the dosa? “my experience with dosas in India was like nothing I’ve ever tasted” wrote the maestro “It was light, complex, almost crepe like, but with a sourness, and delicate nature to it. Of the two types I tried I tend to like the more chewy, less smooth option, but both were incredible”. The dosas themselves made him  think…”to push our boundaries further, and look to other cultures for inspiration”. Forever learning and evolving. That’s what keeps him on the top. Looking forward to meeting you Daniel Humm  in Bilbao, this June at The world’s 50 best awards 2018. India wishes you all the best!

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World’s best chef Daniel Humm and his favorite dosa.

INDIA SHINES…AGAIN!

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INDIA SHINES…AGAIN!

It’s a starry superstarry night in magical Macau. Here, at the prestigious Asian Oscars of gastronomy  Indians and Indian cuisine is shining as our very own Gaggan Anand’s restaurant is crowned Asias best in fourth consecutive year. Asias 50 best restaurant awards are flagged off under the star spangled sky as culinary superstars mingle amid a feast for the senses by the poolside of the super luxurious Wynn Palace.

The Minister of Tourism, Celebrated chefs, restaurateurs and industry VIPs are in attendance. Asia’s 50 best restaurants in it’s sixth edition this year continues to grow in influence and magnetizes the best. Japan  has the highest number of restaurants on the list (11), followed by Hong Kong and Thailand (9 each.)

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Superstars at Asian Food Oscars in Macau:
Gaggan Anand, Helene Pietrini, Manish Mehrotra, Sachin Poojary, Dharshan Munidasa.

ON YOUR REQUEST…SUPERSTAR’S RECIPES

Over the years, I’ve been receiving many a reader request for recipes from these superstars. Each one generously shares his. I serve them to you with a delicious scoop of news on each restaurant.

ASIAS BEST RESTAURANT..GAGGAN

“Lick it up” is genius Gaggan’s latest innovation which has already become an icon. The dish is designed to be ‘licked up’ directly from the plate. Constant creative evolution, soulfulness of Indian street food delivered through hyper-modern cooking techniques in a delicious way marks all his 25-courses.

Fish Gunpowder

Gunpowder

Ingredients:

10 g curry leaves 1 gm hing or asafetida 20 gm sesame seeds (black or white) 20 gm urad dal

20 g Channa dal 20 g  rice 50 g red chilly of ur choice

Method:

Roast all ingredients and rough grind them.

Fish with Curry Infusion

Ingredients:

100 g x 4 pcs fish any choice 50 g red onions, finely chopped

25 g ginger, sliced 25 g curry leaves 15 g green chili 15 g turmeric powder 50 g coconut oil, salt to taste .

Method:

  1. Portion  filleted fish into 100 g each.
  2. Heat up the coconut oil, add curry leaves,  red onions,  ginger until fragrant.
  3. Roast for 2 minutes, add turmeric powder and chili
  4. Season  with black salt and sugar.
  5. Blend mixture in blender and chill on an ice bath.
  6. Marinate the fillets with the curry infusion .
  7. Steam the fish with marinate

Take 50% cooked rice and 50% coconut milk blend. Place like a small coin in centre.Place fish in centre.

INDIAS BEST RESTAURANT

New Delhi, New York and now London… “Indian Accent” outposts continue to magnetise loyal fan followings. Leading the way,  Manish Mehrotra has put modern Indian food on the gastronomic map. Contemporary  food with an ‘Indian accent be it galautis  stuffed with foie gras. Or pulled pork phulka tacos dazzle with their flavour and texture.

Tandoori Pineapple, summer shahtoot,Jaggery Glaze

Ingredients:

I Pineapple /   2 tsp Demerara sugar/ 2 tsp butter/ I tbsp. jiggery/  1 tsp fennel seeds/

2 Star anise/ 2tsp roasted sliced  almonds

Method:

  1. Clean and slice pineapple. Into ½ inch slices.
  2. Brush with butter and dust with demerara sugar
  3. Put on the skewers and cook in tandoor or oven till edges are charred.
  4. MeanwhileHeat Jaggery, Fennel Seeds, &star anise in a pan with 4tbsp of water & cook to a  thick syrup. Strain. Cool.
  5. Add fresh shahtoot (mulberry) to  syrup. Toss gently.
  6. Arrange charred pineapple on a plate and drizzle sugar coated shahtoot on top
  7. Garnish with sliced almonds.

SRI LANKA’S BEST RESTAURANT

Chef Dharshan Munidasa has single handedly put Srilanka on the world gourmet map. And he is the only chef who has two restaurants featuring on the 50 best list. Set in a preserved 400-year-old Dutch hospital in Colombo “Ministry of Crab” is a Crab lovers paradise. His Japanese  “NihonBashi” continues to be on the list.

Garlic Chili Crab

Ingredients – 500g meaty  crab

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil/1/2 cup chopped onion/1/4 cup chopped garlic

1 teaspoon chilli flakes /1 tablespoon soy sauce /1 cup chicken stock

In a skillet throw in oil, onion, garlic and clean crab. Add chicken stock. Cook for 8 minutes. Add chilli flakes, cook for 2 minutes. Splash soy sauce and plate up.

FROM INDIA…

Competing with the Japanese restaurants of Japan and still holding it’s own is a matter of pride for us. I refer to Wasabi by Morimoto. What

sets this fine dine Japanese restaurant apart from the others is the amazingly creative and fabulous vegetarian menu. Ofcourse, the gifted chef Sachin Poojary and executive chef Amit Chowdhary  ensure that the exquisite  non vegetarian dishes are as impeccable as ever.  This Japanese salad dressing has My favorite past 14 years…

Soy onion salad  dressing:

Ingredients:-

1- Onion – 8nos/ Soy – 400ml/ Mirin- 76ml/ Rice Vinegar- 200 ml/ Grape seed oil -200ml/ Sesame Oil- 100ml/ Mustard Paste – 16gm / Sugar 26gm/ Black Pepper – 1/4 TSP

Method:

Fine chop onion/ In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients except the grapeseed oil. / Mix ingredients well and slowly whisk in the grapeseed oil.store in fridge. Toss into salad when ready to serve.

DYNAMIC DREAM TEAM

Driving these awards and making them into high-octane international influential forces ( in gastronomy and tourism)  is the London based   dynamic dream team.  Helming and driving the awards Charles Reed, Helene Pietrini, Tim Brooke Webb, William Drew  Tiago Restani, Laura Price, Rikki Muddie Emer Schlosser Giulia Sgarbi, Rula Danias and Kate Cheverton. and I shoot their photo post awards..under the stars of course!

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My post awards celebratory snap shot of  the dynamic  dream team of Asia’s 50 best..

MAKING INDIA PROUD

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Indian cuisine and our very own Indian Gaggan Anand are blazing global headlines. Again.  Here in magical Macao, at the prestigious Oscars of gastronomy, Asia’s 50 best, the air is crackling with excitement and every square inch is bristling with culinary star power. For the fourth year in a row Gaggan’s Bangkok based restaurant is crowned “Asia’s best” and “Thailand’s best’. “India’s best restaurant continues to be Chef Manish Mehtrotra’s Delhi based “Indian Accent” which shot up to no.19. Chef Sachin Poojary received the award for. Mumbai’s Wasabi. Srilanka’s best restaurant continues to be Multi-talented Chef Dharshan Munidasa’s “Ministry of crab” and he single handedly has put Sri Lanka on the world gourmet map, as his Nihon Bashi is in the list too. Japan  has the highest number of restaurants on the list (11), followed by Hong Kong and Thailand (9 each.)

For the past six years, Asia’s 50 best been a mega force and credible guide to global gastronomy  and to gastro-tourism. It is helmed by the dynamic Charles Reed and powered by the dream team of TimBrooke Webb, Helene Pietrini and William Drew.

Im feasting on the intense three day celebrations, awards, talks and dinners  and  great restaurants too. Obviously, this over the top Macau is not just for high-rolling gambling but also high gastronomy.

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 Oscars of gastronomy in Macau: Gaggan flanked by Tim Brooke Webb and Sachin Poojary
Standing: Manish Mehrotra, Palkhi, William drew, Helene pietrini, Charles Reed,  Dharshan Munidasa.

SUPERSTARS COOK UP LITERATURE

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What happens when India’s most prestigious and rocking Times Lit fest invites the “worlds hottest chef” (People magazine)? Award winning chef, author, TV host, philanthropist, poet Vikas Khanna flies in from NYC  and gets mobbed. Its with great difficulty I get him away from his fans and  onto the stage to conduct a question answer session and to launch his book of culinary poems. We’re excited to find out more about his Museum of culinary arts, research on his next magnum opus of sacred foods of India. “All the worlds a story” was the theme of Bachi Karkaria and Namita Devidayal’s fabulously curated “Times Lit fest” How this dashingly goodlooking Punjabi boy  went from being homeless in NYC to being the face of Indian cuisine is definitely an inspirational story.

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Superstar Vikas Khanna sparkles in The Times Lit fest.

India Shines

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Gaggan Anand, Tim Brooke Webb, Helen Pietrini. Steven Ciobo (Minister of Tourism) and Charles Reed at the worlds 50 best, Melbourne.

Stop press. Our very own Indian Gaggan Anand is blazing global headlines. His Bangkok based restaurant is crowned “Asia’s best” and seventh best in the world.  I write from the high-octane excitement of the high-ceilinged historic Royal Exhibition hall, Melbourne. Here the worlds most prestigious, glittering Oscars of gastronomy The worlds 50 best  are in progress. The air is crackling with excitement and every square inch is bristling with culinary star power. The hon’ble minister of Tourism Steven Ciobo, several other dignitaries and the worlds most celebrated chefs have flown in. For the past fifteen years, The Worlds 50 best been a mega force and credible guide to global gastronomy  and to gastro-tourism. It is helmed by the dynamic Charles Reed and powered by the dream team of Tim Brooke Webb, Helene Pietrini and William Drew. They’ve  held the awards in Melbourne for the first time and Australia is playing magnificent host, with it’s fabulous food and wine. I am getting high not just on Australia’s spectacular produce and restaurants  but also on Gaggan being crowned the seventh best in the world. Jai Ho!

Indian Food Tops Asia’s Food Oscars

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GAGGAN WITH DAUGHTER TARA , WIFE PUI AND PARTNER RAJESH KEWALRAMANI SACHIN POOJARY, DHARSHAN MUNIDASA (Centre) MANISH MEHROTRA (beard)

It’s the most delicious hat trick ever!  One that received a standing ovation at Asia’s most prestigious and coveted Oscars of food in Bangkok held a few days ago. For the third time in a row,  putting Indian food on top of Asia’s 50 best was our very own Kolkatta born,  innovative, exuberant and affectionate Gaggan Anand. At a glittering ceremony of  Asia’s 50 best restaurant awards (now in its fifth edition,)  Gaggan along with his partner Rajesh Kewalramani received the award. This is the most awaited awards night by the Foodie fraternity, not only do the who’s who and the crème de la crème jet down  but thousands more watch live streams from around the world.

“I’m humbled. This is for my country where I came from, India. For Tara my daughter and my family” said a visibly emotional Gaggan “The 67 people in my restaurant are the best team I’ve ever worked with.”  And after the awards “The unofficial after party that followed in Gaggan’s restaurant not only served up Bangkok’s best street food, tattoo, henna, DJ music, Polaroid photo stations et al. It was also Gaggan’s birthday and as a special surprise, his wife Pui brought along Tara, their daughter in a chefs uniform completing the celebration.

INDIA’S BEST RESTAURANT

New Delhi s “Indian Accent” s very creative,talented and soft-spoken Chef Manish Mehrotra not only walked away with the award for India’s best restaurant but also conducted a cooking masterclass and gave a talk on “spices” to  packed houses.  Their progressive Indian Accent has also opened in New York to rave reviews. From Mumbai the gifted Chef Sachin Poojary received the award for the exquisite Japanese Wasabi by Morimoto.

SRILANKA’S BEST RESTAURANT

Srilanka’s best restaurant “Ministry of Crab’s”  multi-talented  Dharshan Munidasa also received an award for his superlative  Japanese Nihon Bashi. He has single-handedly put Srilanka on the world gourmet map.

THE TOP TEN

  • Gaggan, Thailand • Restaurant Andre, Singapore• Amber, Hong Kong• 8-1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana, Hong Kong • Nahm, Thailand• Narisawa, Japan • Nihonryori Ryugin, Japan• Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet, China • Odette, Singapore• Burnt Ends, Singapore

P.S Asia’s 50 best winners followed voting by 318 independent experts led by six academy chairs across the region.As chairperson of the Indian subcontinent I’ve had the good fortune to attend  these amazing awards. Having tracked global gastronomy for three decades, I can only say that these are not just prestigious lists of award-winning restaurants which the foodies of the world follow but they have also changed the course of tourism Made restaurants into landmarks to visit and made their countries proud and created  “Gourmet tourism” .

SWEET SUCCESS

A meal at Gaggan is  truly is THE Gaggan experience.  Gaggan ensures that Imagination and science, creativity and art copulate to produce masterpieces of flavour and texture and yet retain their authentic Indian flavors. Therein lies the Gaggan magic. Be it the Bombay Bhel, idli sambhar, smoked eggplant cookies and more. Gaggan’s  multi-national young dedicated brilliant team of 67 delivers a mind-blowing experience in the two leveled bungalow (we dined in the new “den” which has recently been added on). It was a delight to meet the brilliant  Chef Garima Arora  and the team. Also the  French trained patisseur Solanki Roy from Kolkatta whose desserts are memorable. I can still savor the flavour of  the Indian ghewar and Japanese strawberry…a lyrical jugalbandi!

THE DREAM TEAM

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ASIAS 50 BEST DREAMTEAM: Charles Reed (centre) flanked by Helene Pietrini (white) William Drew Laura Price and Francesco. Left Rikki Muddie, Tim Brooke Webb, Emer Schlosser, Tiago Restani

Asia’s 50 best,  The worlds 50 best, Latin America’s 50 best restaurant awards have changed the course of global gastronomy. Driving these awards and making them into high-octane international influential forces ( in gastronomy And tourism)  is the London-based   dynamic dream team. Helming and driving the awards Charles Reed, Helene Pietrini, Tim Brooke Webb, William Drew work the memorable magic.  As do Tiago Restani, Francesco, Laura Price, Rikki Muddie and Emer Schlosser and together they ensure clockwork precision.  Worlds 50 best, Latin Americas 50 best and Asia’s 50 best are not just  influential list-makers but also taste makers. Riveting talks and cooking sessions are also held around  each award ceremony. And through the year foodies around the world follow each and every deliciously informative step the Academy takes.

Indian Food Tops

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WINNERS ALL STANDING Manish Mehrotra, Helene Pietrini, Dharshan Munidasa, William Drew (Sitting) Rajesh kewalramani,Tim Brooke Webb,Gaggan, Charles reed, Sachin Poojary

He’s done it again. Three times in a row. Put Indian food on top of Asia’s most prestigious and coveted Oscars of food list. Our very own Kolkatta born, innovative, exuberant and affectionate Gaggan Anand’s Bangkok based restaurant was crowned Asias best at a glittering ceremony of Asias 50 best restaurant awards. He along with his partner Rajesh Kewalramani received the award amongst thunderous applause from the crème de la crème of the food world.
Driving these awards and making them into a high-octane international influential force is the London based dynamic dreamteam of Charles Reed, Helene Peitrini, Tim Brooke Webb and William Drew. Asias 50 best is not just an influential list-maker but also tastemaker. Riveting talks and cooking sessions were held, talented Chef Manish Mehrotra conducted both to packed houses. He did India proud as his Indian Accent was crowned “India’s best restaurant”. And from Mumbai the gifted Chef Sachin Poojary received the award for the exquisite Japanese Wasabi. Srilanka’s best restaurant “Ministry of Crab’s” multi-talented Dharshan Munidasa also received an award for his superlative Nihon Bashi. Its wonderful to be here in Bangkok, dining with and applauding Asia’s most brilliant chefs. And our very own Indian tops the list. again. Jai ho!

Global Gourmet Oscars

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Dream team: Tim Brooke Webb (in a blue shirt),Rajesh Kewalramani, Gaggan, Charles reed, Helene Peitrini and William Drew of Worlds 50 Best.

I write from New York city, the scene of high octane excitement. The worlds most coveted Worlds 50 best awards are being announced in the historic Cipriani on Wall street. As chairperson of the Indian subcontinent it is thrilling to be  amid the worlds largest and most powerful gathering of superstar chefs (restaurants from 23 countries spread across six continents make the list).

The worlds best restaurant Osteria Francescana’s (Italy)  inspired, philosopher genius Massimo Bottura received a standing ovation. Our very own Gaggan Anand and Rajesh Kewalramani ‘s Gaggan Bangkok (Asia’s best restaurant)  was honored at the 23 rd place. Whereas Rohit and Rishabh Khattar and Manish Mehrotra’s “Indian Accent”, crowned best restaurant of India, 9th best in Asia was placed 72nd Blazing the way, being the list maker and the taste maker,World’s 50 best is helmed by the dynamic and dapper Charles Reed  dashing and efficient managing director Tim Brooke Web, the lovely and brilliant Helene Pietrini William Drew, the ever-helpful and equally brilliant Group Editor have recently been joined by Tiago Rastini. The  dream team cooked up a fabulous Global gourmet Oscars.