Sameer Malkani, Co-founder, Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI), delivered the welcome address at Home Chef Matters – Towards Healthy Cooking on September 8, 2019.
Sujit Patil, Vice President and Head - Corporate Communications, Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies, spoke about how Vikhroli Cucina is playing a part in creating a community of food enthusiasts through engaging events such as Home Chef Matters. The brand-agnostic platform aims to create an ecosystem for stakeholders (including home chefs, chefs and food influencers) to come together to exchange ideas on the latest culinary concepts and techniques.
Prajaktta Parab, FSSAI and Food Safety Consultant elaborated on the food safety standards and the importance of FSSAI regulations for home chefs.
Chef Paul Kinny hosted a cooking session demonstrating how to make nutritious zoodle pasta with pesto sauce. He also spoke about how knives are “close to every chef” and that every kitchen should have a paring knife, serrated bread knife and a small knife for cutting meat and vegetables.
Celebrity chef Harpal Singh Sokhi’s candid chat struck a chord with the audience. “A restaurant chef needs to constantly learn about nuances of cooking only by collaborating with a home chef,” he pointed out in an engaging session on home chef collaborations.
(From left to right) Chef and Executive Editor Rajshri Gupta, home chef Ananya Banerjee, Tayunaz Merchant, Executive Editor of BBC Good Food magazine and celebrity columnist Nisha JamVwal discussed hassle-free ways to entertaining guests at home. The interactive session on designing your home for the best dining experiences by Godrej Interio was moderated by Kirthi Shetty (extreme left), Creative Production, Jio Saavn.
Cordon Bleu-trained chef Rakhee Vaswani, the founder of Palate Culinary Academy, shared her culinary journey from a home chef to passionate trainer. Her top tip for enthusiastic home chefs was: “If you feel you need to learn more, give yourself that extra validation.”
The spirited session, “Your Food Health” by star chef Vicky Ratnani had him doling out easy food tips from “thinking-out-of-the-box” to highlighting the season through the menus to collaborating at food pop-ups. The audience was also shown the trailer of season three of “Vicky the “Gastronaut” highlighting his culinary expedition in Thailand.
The guiding mantra of Kalyan Karmakar, author and brand consultant at Finely Chopped was, “Be you.” He spoke about how tables are going regional with a vengeance, previously restricted only to kali dals and kosha mangsho. “Consumers today are learning to savour lesser-known varieties of regional food which they can only taste in homes and not in restaurants,” he said.
For celebrity chef and TV host Amrita Raichand, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to stay fit and fabulous.
Actress turned author Tara Deshpande along with food writer and television personality Kunal Vijaykar discussed the evolution of the home chef business and how they act as custodians of vanishing regional recipes.
Celebrity chef Sabyasachi Gorai encouraged home chefs to come out of their homes and promote their food. He emphasised: “The journey of finding good food is in somebody’s homes.”
Food stylist and photographer Nitin Tandon explained how to build home chef identity and connect with the world.
Nutritional therapist and holistic cancer coach Rachna Chhachhi’s informative session touched upon ways to swap ingredients and customise recipes based on the health conditions of consumers.
Foodie and author Nicole Mody urged food bloggers and home chefs not to miss the narrative when penning a cookbook.
One of the highlights of the day was the scrumptious lunch featuring healthy regional delicacies cooked by nine home chefs. (From Left-Right) home chefs Joyadrita Ragavendran, Gini Shah, Aparna Chaudhary, Hemala Prasad, Jasleen Marwah, Lunica Desai, Devansh Jhaveri, Roopa Nabar, Bimba Nayak, Sameer Malkani, Saloni Malkani and Purabi Naha.
Home chefs and food bloggers participated in a cook-off where they had to rustle up healthy and tasty recipes using Godrej Vegetable Oils. The activity was judged by chef Paul Kinny.
Chef Paul Kinny and Nitin Tandon (From right to left) judged the cook-off contest which was an immense success.
Contestants of the cook-off contest who cooked up a storm were felicitated by Chef Paul Kinny, Chef Anessh Khan, Chef Gaurav Gidwani and Nitin Tandon. The teams were adjudged by an eminent panel comprising chef Paul Kinny and food stylist Nitin Tandon. Winners were felicitated with Godrej Vegoils hamper.
Bimba Nayak wins Protekt Hygiene Awards for maintaining hygiene during cooking at St. Regis.
Celebrating regional diversity was a key topic at a lively session on “Nani Dadi-Ma Recipes” by restaurateurs Punam Singh and Shilpi Sharma (From Left to Right) and Aneesh Dhairyawan, owner of food-tech startup Authenticook. Corporate food consultant and author Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal moderated the session (Extreme Left).
Godrej Appliances Digital cookbook was unveiled in association with three home chefs who created 30 healthy recipes.