October 17, 2011

A day at MasterChef India Kitchen

Photo Courtesy : via @starplus_indya
When Indiblogger announced it's blogger meet at the MasterChef India Kitchen, I was one of the first ones to register. Which food blogger in right mind would miss such an opportunity. I have always been wary of going to the actual Masterchef auditions, though my friends keep encouraging me and they have more belief in me than I have in myself :) .
This meet at the Masterchef Kitchen was something I didn't need to fear . I didn't know what to expect and when my husband asked me if he could pick me up in the evening from the venue, I told him most probably I would leave midway,so he didn't need to come. And how wrong I was !! Just as I entered the sets, I had a huge smile, I was so happy to be there and at the same time repenting why I didn't bring a camera.  I had to do with my cellphone camera, so the photo quality is going to be bad :-( . The few good photos I have borrowed from @starplus_indya tweets. 

The event began with blogger introductions.There were bloggers from all fields , the geeks and the techies, personal ,fashion, photography and ofcourse few food bloggers too. 
Photo Courtesy : via @starplus_indya
Then it was time for Masterchef Judges introduction. We are already familiar with Chef Ajay Chopra and Kunal Kapoor , who were the judges in the last season too. I was eagerly waiting for Chef Vikas Khanna , I had read many tweets gushing about his good looks.  But more than good looks, I was surprised to find how humble and down to earth he was, and he has such a cute punjabi accented Hindi :-). His restaurant Junoon has recently won a Michelin Star . During a group interaction, I was even more impressed when he told us that he was opening his next restaurant in Bodhgaya in Bihar [my home state]  due to spiritual reasons . It didn't make sense initially.Only later , did I come to know about his series of documentaries Holy Kitchens about his journey to discover the spiritual foods in the World's Holy Kitchens.

 Here are some photos from the event. 

 MasterChef Kitchen with the Clock always hanging on the head

The Plates and Cutlery Section  : A food blogger only knows the values of these.

Photo Courtesy : via @starplus_indya

Masterchef's table and the oven I  . I wish I had this oven !

The judges tasting section

The mystery box. The bloggers had to conceptualize a recipe  based on the mystery ingredients in 1 minute. By the time I reached my table back after looking at the ingredients, that one minute was already over  so I could only write 2 lines  :D 

Before beginning the skills challenge,Chef Ajay Chopra giving a Masterclass : How to dice a perfect 1cm*1cm apple square. Chef Kunal Kapoor showed us how to cut ginger julienne . And Chef Vikas Khanna showed us how to cut potatoes for french fries.

Few lucky bloggers got a chance to participate in the skills challenge. The winner got Rs 5K shopperstop voucher. And there was one lucky blogger who got 10K as his french fries were perfect!

And that was not the end of it. Each blogger got a masterchef apron.I got one more for being a food blogger. masterchef thermal mugs, and an indiblogger t-shirt! I made few friends , Sharmila, a personal blogger, Sindhi Rasoi, a food blogger and Mariam Dholkawala, a tech blogger. Sharmila was very kind to drop me off midway and I almost told her all my history & geography in the very first meeting which  is very unusual of me :) :)

It was a lifetime experience and thanks to Indiblogger team to give us this opportunity .Kudos to the Indiblogger team for organizing such an outstanding event.


alpana said...

Boy OOOO Boy........I feel so jealous ---Lol jusk kidding but was really great that you gotta experience like this. Out of this world ......

kankana said...

wow that is so amazing .. i am sure you had fun! I will to attend some bloggers meet sometime soon!

Taste Junction said...

Such a fun experience..and I'm sure these goodies will be well valued!! Now whenever u will watch the program, you will relive this :)

Neha said...

Wow...This sounds amazing....

sharmila said...

Hey!Was working like a Zombie trying to cope with the festival rush both at the clinic and at home and hence was away from blogsphere.A big thank you for the mention,I enjoyed your company and the ride back home was fun..Impressed by your presentatin here,simple to follow instructions and beautiful pics!
Will read on and comment...:D

sharmila said...

Hey thank you for the mention.Was away from Blogsphere owing to the great festive rush at home and at the clinic.Enjoyed your company..
You impress me with your presentation here,will read on and follow.:))

CinnamonNChillies said...

wow!!! Such a surreal experience!!! I am sure you had a time of ur life. The pictures say it all :-)

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

loved reading every word, that mustav been one amazing day! lucky u... :)

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