25 Of India’s Biggest Chefs-Dr.Saagarika Ghoshal| Book Launch| Review

The balmy February evening, making you feel all fuzzy was a precursor to an event of grand proportions. 

 The clickety taps on the keyboards were heard, the wait staff rushing towards last minute finishes & the bustle of excitement increasing by the strike of the minute hand.   

 This was the scene at the Book Launch by Metro-Cash & Carry’s “25 of India’s Biggest Chefs- their stories & recipes” by Dr. Saagarika Ghoshal. 

I, was bestowed with this opportunity,from team “Food Bloggers Association,Bangalore” aka FBAB. They were generous enough to get me a pass, so that I could witness the event.

 

The venue was “Le Méridien” & we were ushered inside the banquet hall, where the magic would take place. All of us anticipated fervently for Dr. Saagarika Ghoshal’s arrival. Then, there she was.. A beautiful, beige & gold saree clad lady, with a heart melting smile. 

 

She waited on for her guests of honour to arrive; the few of the chefs who are listed on the book. Guests of starry repertoire started trickling in & the event started. *starstruck me* 

  

We were treated to an AV by “Metro-Cash & Carry”, which spoke about the ethics of METRO. Emphasising on how METRO believes in “Local produce, by the Locals & for the Locals”.

The book launching ceremony was conducted by all the esteemed guests of honour & the author herself. With confetti flying up in the air & music that pumped your adrenaline, the book unveiled just in the most magnificent fashion.   

   

On the occasion, Dr. Saagarika Ghoshal also felicitated chefs from across the hospitality industry for their unique creative contributions. Those honoured included chefs Abhijit Saha, Kunal Kapoor, Sabyasachi Gorai and Vicky Ratnani, among others.    


  

Brief insights about Metro-Cash & Carry: 

METRO is represented in 26 countries, with 750 self service outlets. Headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany, METRO-Cash & Carry is a sales division of “METRO GROUP”. 

METRO has built a reputation for the quality of food products and services it offers to hotels, restaurants, catering businesses. The company takes pride in the lasting relationships it has forged to support the food and hospitality sector, and has created the well-recognised Chef-o-logy platform to support and nurture promising culinary talent. The latest recipe book launch is a part of METRO’s continued efforts to showcase such talent among food lovers and cooking enthusiasts.

The magazine called “Foodilicious” by metro
 

We were also lucky to see, clips of the chefs who couldn’t be present for the launch, send in their best wishes to Dr. Ghoshal. 

What is “25 Of India’s Biggest Chefs” all about? 

The book has been launched by METRO-Cash & Carry, where it’s a painstakingly beautiful compilation of signature recipes, by the top 25 chefs of India. The list which decided the top 25 chefs wasn’t an easy one. Each chef, had to in his own way, put India onto the culinary map of the world. He had to be an ambassador who had represented India. 

 

So, in regards to that, they came up with the top 25 chefs & went on to tell you personal snippets of their success story, in this book.

The efforts behind this book seem almost facile but it really was far too abstruse, supplemented by sleepless nights, long conversations & numerous cups of coffee. The project reached its completion within a span of 6 months. 

Here’s the list of who’s who of the culinary world, listed in this book: 

  1. Chef Abhijit Saha
  2. Chef Anil Rohira
  3. Chef Bhaskar Sankhari
  4. Chef Davinder Kumar
  5. Chef Deepa Awchat
  6. Chef Joy Bhattacharya
  7. Chef Kunal Kapur
  8. Chef Manjit Gill
  9. Chef Mayank Kulshreshtha
  10. Chef Narendra Thimmaiah
  11. Chef Nimish Bhatia
  12. Chef Pallav Singhal
  13. Chef Pankaj Bhadouria
  14. Chef Rajesh Dubey
  15. Chef Ramaswamy Selvaraju
  16. Chef Ritu Dalmia
  17. Chef Sabyasachi Gorai
  18. Chef Salil Fadnis
  19. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor
  20. Chef Shaun Kenworthy
  21. Chef Soundarajan P
  22. Chef Sudhir Pai
  23. Chef Vicky Ratnani
  24. Chef Vijaya Bhaskaran
  25. Chef Vikas Khanna

Now, isn’t it a thing of utmost joy to have these culinary stalwarts grace the grip of your fingers & share their recipes & stories with you?

From Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s Shaam Savera to Chef Kunal Kapur’s Haleem Kebab and Chef Vikas Khanna’s Star Anise and Bay Leaf-Infused Lamb Chops, each recipe is a testament to their unique signature styles. It lays stress on convenience & taste.

   

 The event ended on a healthy note, with Chef Sabyasachi Gorai interacting with us while giving us an informal demo on how to prepare the “Ancient Mixed Millets Risotto with Prawns in Coconut Cream”

About the author “Dr. Saagarika Ghoshal” :

She’s the Director of Human Resources at METRO-Cash & Carry India. A lady, who has gone ahead to appreciate food & develop a bond with it. She’s a versatile individual.   

When asked what inspired her?She quoted,” Inspiration is an ongoing process, I get inspired everyday”

  

She reiterated METRO’s commitment to serving the industry. “The chefs in this book have distinguished themselves by the quality, refinement and creativity they bring to each and every dish they serve. METRO hopes to fuel this passion for food not just amidst established chefs, but more importantly, ignite it in future culinarians who dream of blazing a trail in the world of food”, said Dr. Ghoshal  

I, loved the book & I found it, strike a chord with its readers. The book excites you as the pages flip, leaving you helpless in delirium about which recipe is your favourite. 

A must have for the foodie soul & someone who loves experimenting with food. This is a compact, flavour filled & an easy to follow cookbook. 

Statements of appreciation..
 

Go grab a copy & bask in culinary bliss! I’m coming over for dinner 😁

Wishing “Dr. Saagarika Ghoshal” astounding success with her book. 

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