Seoul feasts on Indian gourmet

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Opening of Indian food festival cutting the ribbon to open Indian Food Festival from L to R Rep. Baek Seung joo, Indian Ambassador H.E. Vikram Doraiswami and Executive Assistant Manager Siddharaj Sinh Solanki of Millennium Seoul Hilton.

Globally acclaimed Indian food has now reached Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. Locals in Seoul could not be more happy as Indian Ambassador to South Korea, His Excellency Vikram Doraiswami inaugurated Indian food festival on March 16th 2017. The festival is being held at Hotel Millennium Seoul Hilton in Care 395 premium buffet restaurant. The festival is on till March 26th, 2017. The opening ceremony was attended by the people from different walks of life including diplomats, government functionaries, members of indian community and prominent personalities. Besides hundreds of guests from all walks of life attended the launch in a simple yet traditional ceremony.

National award winner Machindra Kasture – Executive Chef of ITDC’s flagship hotel Ashok New Delhi along with two cooks have been especially flown to conduct food festival in Seoul. Chef Kasture has designed exclusive and globally popular dishes. The Indian food festival is being organised by Indian Embassy in South Korea.

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Indian Ambassador H.E. Vikram Doraiswami with Chef Machindra Kasture and others at food festival

Speaking exclusively to MUMBAI MESSENGER from Seoul, His Excellency Vikram Doraiswami Indian Ambassador to South Korea on Indian food festival said “Introducing Indian food to Korea is by far the most pleasant way of ensuring that there’s more India in Korea, where the strong flavors of our two cuisines already connect our cultures. I am sure that Indian cuisine will make its own way in to Korea”.

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Grand Master celebrity chef Padma Shri Sanjeev Kapoor

Grand Master Celebrity Chef Padma Shri Sanjeev Kapoor says “All Indian chefs have a responsibility of making Indian food more known and popular globally. I am happy to see Chef Kasture giving people of Korea real taste of India. Chef Kasture has worked with me in Centaur Hotel Juhu Beach, Mumbai where I was a Executive Chef. Indeed, he is a most talented chef and his recipes are awesome. I am sure his dishes will receive laurels in Seoul for sure”.

Chef Kasture has designed exclusive menu in which prominent dishes of various part of India are featured. The prominent dishes includes Chingari malai curry and Bengali fish curry from West Bengal, chicken Chettinad, karuvepillai Ira from South India, chicken cafreal, beef vindaloo, and pork sorpotel from Goa, murg hazarvi, tandoori fish, chicken reshemi kabab, Amritsari fish from North India, chicken and vegetable in tambda rassa from Kolhapur. Indian desserts includes apple jalebi, pineapple halwa, moong dal halwa and gajar halwa.

Machindra Kasture, Executive Chef Ashok Hotel New Delhi, who is heading Indian food festival inKorea said “Indian cuisine is a kaleidoscope fusion of culture which showcases the abundance and diversity of our food which is globally popular. I was surprised when people asked me to make some dishes other than menu and promised to visit next day. Every day we are seeing good turn out of guests who are relishing Indian food. It shows people are really knows taste of Indian food which makes us feel proud”.

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Chef Machindra Kasture with members of Le Club des Chefs des Chefs.

About Chef Machindra Kasture
Machindra Kasture is winner of National Award. He served as Executive Chef to the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi and currently working as Executive Chef at Ashok Hotel in New Delhi.

He is lone Indian Chef who is a members of Le Club des Chefs des Chefs. It has over twenty members across the four corners of the globe. Each country is represented by the personal chef of the head of state or, if the head of state does not have a personal chef in that country, by the executive chef of the venue hosting official State receptions. Chef ‘s outstanding culinary career includes 8 years as the meal catering for formal U.S. president Barack Obama, formal UN General Secretary Ban Ki moon and Queen Elizabeth II.

Report: Sitaram Mewati

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