The second edition of the Food for Thought Festival kickstarted with a celebratory dinner at The Grand, Vasant Kunj on 22 December, 2016. Hoteliers, Chefs, Hospitality Managers from all over South Asia came together to discuss the food experience in their countries and mix together before the main event on the following days: 23 and 24 December 2016, at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi.
The whole idea behind the whole event is to bring people associated with food in different ways to come together and know each other better for the first two years and then focus on solving food issues, Third edition onwards; as told by Sonali Anand, Founder of South Asian Association for Gastronomy, the organizer of the event. The guests interacted with each other over food and drinks.
Ruchira Hoon, Head Chef and Head of Content and Marketing at BetterButter, expressed her idea of bringing together flavors from different parts of South Asia and see how simple ingredients can breed into different varieties around the continent.
Award winning Chef Sabyasachi Gorai, was also excited to meet chefs from different countries and observe their style of cooking and discover the similarities between their and Indian cultures.
The Dinner served a variety of dishes, often fused with their continental counter-parts to give a new touch on their flavors.
The Main Event was attended by prominent Indian Chefs and celebrities like Cricket legend Virendra Sehwag, Film Director Nitya Mehra, Yuvraj Manvendra Singh Gohil of Rajpipla, Maharaja Pradyot Manikya Deb Burman of Tripura, Yuvrani Chitragandha Raje Singh of Kashmir, Authors Mala Barua and Rocky Mohan, Chef Manjit Singh Gill of ITC Hotels, Seema Chandra of NDTV and Internationals speakers such as Mr Ahkteruzzaman Khan Kabir – C.E.O Bangladesh Tourism Board and leader of Bangladesh Delegation; Ms Ramika Ahmad- from Afghan Royal Family and an expert on Afghani cuisine; Mr Saman Nayanananda – Sri Lankan hotelier; Mr Bharat Basnet – owner Bhojan Griha , Kathmandu, Nepal and Ms Yanki Tshering – owner Restaurant ZASA, Thimpu, Bhutan etc; who talked about food and its impact it has on a person’s lifestyle.
The whole festival revolves around the passion that is of culinary science and blends people from beyond boundaries to celebrate and have fun together.
For those who missed it this year, keep your fingers crossed until the next. This is something you really would want to see!