The pink city of Jaipur as its populary known as is the
largest city of the royal state of Rajasthan. Though we are all well aware of, the
royalty and grandeur of this city. Its evident in almost everything, be it
buildings, culture and obviously Food. Jaipur is emerging to be one of the most
upcoming food destination of our country after the metro cities. The advantage
is in its location, just a few hours away from Delhi.
Food scene is at its best in the city with so many
events being curated in and around food over the last few years. But to top it
all and take gastronomy to a new level altogether, Gourmet Geatway has been
curated by Dushyant Singh who is also a
proud owner of a popular café OTH in Jaipur. This international food festival in its 2nd season was conducted in
January this year.
On 17th August 2017, Mr. Dushyant founder Gourmet
Getaway, organized a pre-event brunch at On
The House He confidently declared that in the upcoming Gala
Food Festival, there’ll be a wide range of cuisines and emphasis will be paid
on those dishes that are not easily available in town. He proved it in the best
way possible by showcasing and curating an event which was world class.
The event was scheduled for 20th and 21st
January, 2018. The first day kicked off with a cycling session around the Pink
City. It attracted a lot of cycling enthusiasts and they rode through the city.
Later in the day, Chef Antonio Scirocco conducted a LIVE wood fire pizza making
class which left the audience awestruck.
Chef Barbara conducted a very
informative class on wine and chocolate tasting at one of most picturesque restaurants
of Jaipur , Meraaki Kitchen. This vegetarian Pan Asian food place is the
mastermind of Shivika Kothari and her cousin Neha
Deepak Shah a passionate cook and a proud participant of Masterchef India
Season 4. People of Jaipur learned the peculiar characteristics of wine and the
perfect chocolate to combine with at this beautifully curated session.
The Sundowner; the much awaited part of the festival saw
chefs cooking cuisines native to different parts of the world. The warm and
green ambience of Nand Mahal which was once a hunting lodge hundreds of years
ago perfectly complemented the theme of the festival. The one-of-its-kind night
also witnessed live performance by Shadow and Light band from Delhi.
We were specially invited for this 2 days long extravaganza
alongwith other eminent personalities from the Food and Hospitality industry. The
second edition of Gourmet Getaway successfully concluded with a panel
discussion on the “Importance of Our Culinary History in Modern Times” at
Fairmont Hotel, Jaipur. This 2-day event saw a galaxy of food experts and chefs
from all around the world and showcased their talent.
The panel discussion took place among Dr. Ashish Chopra;
culinary historian, Chef Manjit Singh Gill, Chef Sudhir Sibal, Chef Rakesh
Sethi, Chef Prasad Metrani (Fairmont Hotel) and Mr. Sourish Bhattacharya. They
talked about the vast history of Indian food and its evolution with time. They
also discussed the importance of officially documenting the Indian recipes in
order to let the world know the variety of food that India has. Chef Manjit
Gill highlighted the importance of 5 elements of our existence and Ayurveda in
The unmatched grandeur of the festival gave the
Jaipurites memories to cherish, until next year. Talking about the next
edition, Mr. Dushyant Singh said, “Our only motive is to make it bigger and
better with each passing year. We work hard the whole year to curate a two-day
event for our lovely attendees in a hope that they will experience something
that rarely happens in any festival in India. We look forward to many such
years and expect that the festival would attract more people from around the
world next time.”
Gourmet Getaway gave a chance to the common people to
know the food they eat and how it can be improvised in many different ways. The
scrumptious dishes, live music and great company of friends made this festival
a successful project.
The aim of Gourmet Gateaway is to usher a revolution in
the food industry by bringing the best and the most professional chefs to
showcase the best culinary talent possible.
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