“The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star” – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Chef’s are the stars in the real world.
Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI ) in association with Godrej Nature’s Basket, Godrej Appliances, Vikhroli Cucina , Cartini and California Walnuts supported Home Chef Matters, a unique conference filled with panel discussion, Food tasting, different cuisines,etc.A delightful day session focusing on different aspects of a homechef starting from developing expertise in niche area and building a brand to supply chain management.
The event started off on a positive note where in Sameer Malkani, co-founder Food Bloggers’ Association of India said, “We are privileged to partner with Vikhroli Cucina a platform created by Godrej to encourage the new-age trends and exchange insights. The trend of home cooked meals has become very popular and such a platform is perfect for budding home chefs to explore the unexplored gastronomic paths and grow their business successfully.”
The First Panel Discussion Moderated by Bhisham Mansukhani , having prominent panelists like Kalyan Karmakar ,Rohan ( from pack-a-Pav),Himanshu Taneja,Prateeksh Mehra and Gurpreet (from lite Bite) threw light on journeys of homechef and their personal experience with various homechefs over the years which was very enriching to know.
The following Panel Discussion moderated by Antoine Lewis discussing about scaling up and sustaining the homechef business had eminent personalities on Panel like Munaf Kapadia, Nikhil Merchant , Kurush Dalal and Sandeep Sreedharan , they raised a vital question about how to retain the authentic taste when homechefs decide to scale their business and cater to wider audience.One of the strengths of the homechefs is the love and warmth with which the food is made and the legacy that they are passing to people with their iconic dishes, which can be difficult to retain.
Following the Panel Discussion we had our very Lovely Celebrity Chef Amrita Raichand discussing about making cooking fun and nutritious for kids,by twisting the recipes and increasing its nutritional quotient.
Speaking on the #HomeChefMatters,Sujit Patil, Vice President and Head Corporate Communications at Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies said, “Vikhroli Cucina is an annual property by Godrej formed with an aim to create an ecosystem where chefs, bloggers, influencers, food lovers can collaborate to engage, exchange new ideas, gain insights and make new connections with each other. We are extremely happy to be associating with #HomeChefMatters and support the endeavours of FBAI in setting up platforms to encourage the rise of home chefs in India.”
Overall It was interactive session and upper crust masters from Food and Beverage Industry which we got to witness at the event .The Panel which was moderated by renowned TV Host/Author/Foodie Kunal Vijaykar had on the Panel Infamous food critic Rashmiuday Singh , Celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar, Chef Hemant Oberoi (of Zodiac Bistro at Taj Mahal Palace Hotel) and Chef Vineet Bhatia spoke about the need to record and document recipes in some form of media, emphasising on lost recipes of India.
They discussed about their own food journeys tracing back in time which led to creation of some of the iconic dishes.Saransh Goila who was one of the speakers at the event discussed the thin line of difference between innovating and inventing with a dish.How innovation is about twisting with age old recipes and giving it a new form or face , as against inventing a dish is bringing into existence a dish which had no identity of its own before being discovered.
The conference was savvy and enlightening as it tossed light on different key perspectives identifying with homechefs which the food connoisseur had taken a long to find and learn.