Sameer Malkani, Co-founder, Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI), welcomed participants and speakers to Home Chef Matters 2.0 – Lost Recipes.
Sujit Patil, Vice President and Head - Corporate Communications, Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies, spoke about how Godrej is playing a part in the food space through platforms such as Home Chef Matters . The event aims to create an ecosystem for stakeholders (including home chefs, chefs and restaurateurs) to come together to gain new insights, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with each other.
Naaznin Husein, President - Indian Dietetic Association (Mumbai Chapter), listed the top 10 reasons to eat walnuts and busted several myths surrounding it.
(From L-R) Legendary chef Hemant Oberoi, television personality and author Kunal Vijaykar, Sameer Malkani and Rashmi Uday Singh, renowned food reviewer and author, on the sidelines of Home Chef Matters 2.0 – Lost Recipes.
Celebrity chef Vicky Ratnani’s candid chat on eating seasonal and local struck a chord with the audience. He pointed out the sheer variety of produce available in India and explained why eating seasonal is the next big thing. The audience was also treated to trailers of the second edition of his web series Vicky The Gastronaut, which is based in Australia.
Chef Rakhee Vaswani shared her top pointers on how to present and style food like a professional. “Play with colours, textures and garnishes” was her advice to the participants.
Chef and renowned food photographer Nitin Tandon gave the audience a glimpse into the process of what it takes to makes a food picture Insta-worthy. His top tip? Keep it natural and focus on the minimal.
All smiles at Home Chef Matters 2.0 – Lost Recipes. The audience at the day-long conference got insights and inputs from a medley of people in the food space. This included renowned chefs such as Vineet Bhatia, Hemant Oberoi, Ranveer Brar, Irfan Pabaney, Saransh Goila, Varun Inamdar; food personalities Rashmi Uday Singh and Kunal Vijaykar; and Kalyan Karmakar and Rushina Ghildiyal.
(From L-R) Rohan Mangalorkar, Founder of Pack a Pav; prominent food writer and blogger Kalyan Karmakar; Prateeksh Mehra, Founder, Spotted Cow Fromagerie; Mayank Bhatt, CEO, Impresario Hospitality; and Bhisham Mansukhani of the FBAI; discussed opportunities and synergies for home chefs who want to get to the next level.
An interesting panel discussion on how home chefs can scale up and sustain their businesses. (From L-R) Sandeep Sreedharan of Esca Brahma and Curry Tales; Kurush Dalal, Proprietor of Katy’s Kitchen catering service; Nikhil Merchant, Food blogger and restaurant consultant; Munaf Kapadia, CEO, The Bohri Kitchen (TBK); and food writer Antoine Lewis.
Amrita Raichand, the brand ambassador for FBAI Kids, introducing the new venture, which is a one stop shop for food and lifestyle, meant both for mothers and children. Amrita also spoke about the importance and relevance of providing proper nutrition for children.
Five culinary legends took to the stage for a thought provoking discussion on what Indians could do to save their traditional recipes from being lost or forgotten. (From L-R) Kunal Vijaykar, Chef Hemant Oberoi, Chef Ranveer Brar, Rashmi Uday Singh and Chef Vineet Bhatia.
Celebrity chef Saransh Goila gave examples of his renowned dishes such as Goila Butter Chicken and Chocolate Golgappa while speaking about the delicate balance between innovation and staying true to traditional recipes.
(From L-R) Kalyan Karmakar; home chefs Alefia Jane, Doma Wang Seth, Ananya Banerjee; home chefs Shri Bala, Sherry Malhotra, Rachna Prasad, Rhea Dalal; Rushina Ghildiyal of the APB Cook Studio; and home chef Manzilat Fatima. One of the highlights of the day was the scrumptious lunch featuring lost recipes and regional delicacies, which was cooked by these eight home chefs.
(From L-R) Madhulika Kaul, Head, Strategy and Business Development, Godrej Nature’s Basket; Amrita Rana, Food blogger; Chef Irfan Pabaney, Chef and Co-owner, The Sassy Spoon ; Ankiet Gulabani, Food blogger; and Anjali Pathak, Head, Flavour Diaries; discussed the topic “ Will India vote for fresh? - A perspective on cooking at home”.
During the ‘Creative Hour’, five teams of home chefs and food bloggers participated in a cook-off, where they had to rustle up lost recipes in 30 minutes using Godrej Vegetable Oils and California Walnuts.
Somasree Bose, Head Marketing, Godrej Consumer Products Limited presented the Godrej protekt Master Chef Award to the winners of Lost Recipes cook-off contest. SR Surve, Associate Vice President, Veg Oils Division presented Godrej Veg Oils hamper to the winners. The teams were judged by an eminent panel comprising of Rushina Ghildiyal, Chef Irfan Pabaney and Anjali Pathak.
Swathi Rathi, Marketing Head, Godrej Appliances held an interesting conversation with Karishma Chawla, who specialises in sport fitness, naturopathy and nutrition. Ms Chawla enlightened the audience about the relevance on eating healthy in today’s time. She stressed on balancing out eating right and eating healthy. Ms Rathi broke the myth of microwave food and gave tips on healthy cooking.
Chef Pallavi Nigam demonstrated how easy it is to cook healthy dishes using a Godrej Appliances microwave.
Celebrity chef Harpal Singh Sokhi spoke about how India’s traditional recipes, which are in the danger of getting lost, could be documented through videos and uploaded on YouTube.
Rushina outlined how home chefs could carve their niche in the crowded food space and what they could do to take their techniques to the next level.
Chef Varun Inamdar decoded the logistics of supply chains and how to overcome challenges in sourcing ingredients.