Bringing together the hospitality fraternity, a breakfast session with Masterchef Australia host George was organised in the Capital recently. This early morning session, organised by Fine Food India, brought the who’s who from the hospitality business, chefs and restaurateurs to talk about food.
George Calombaris made up for the absence of his co-host Gary Mehigan and said: ‘Gary is totally Bollywood. He would have loved to be here had he felt better.’
Goerge said what is special about Masterchef Australia is that it has roped in cuisines from across the world. There was a whole round of questions the restaurateurs and the public asked George.
On being asked about his status as a celebrity chef, he said: ‘I deny the concept of the celebrity chef. I am a chef, that’s it.’
For the young food enthusiasts who had gathered there who dreamt of becoming chefs in future, George said, ‘It is very important to engage oneself in cooking and also know where the raw material comes from. The farms ideally and not the supermarkets.’
‘I buy only my toilet papers from the supermarket,’ quipped the chef.
About Indian food he said Gary knew more than him. ‘He could actually tell you when and where the food originated and how was it used and all that.’ As for himself, the chef admitted that he couldn’t help wonder about the Indian food especially jalebis which are fermented lactose. ‘It is amazing to see such diverse food culture wherever we go,’ said the 34-year-old chef.
When asked whether it is more important to have technical skills or creative ones, he said that it is a mix of both. ‘There are a lot of chefs with so much technical skills and then there are those who does it differently. So we need both these.’
‘There is also Nigella, who absolutely makes anything out of the leftovers. This is also something different,’ he added.
The event was concluded with an elaborate breakfast spread.