Ramsay to test his skills with Oberoi

July 28, 2009

Bombay Times carried an article about how Chef Gordon Ramsay is going to cook South Indian food for a few guests – vegetarian Brahmin, Syrian Catholic and Malabari Muslim to be precise. Ramsay wants guests to tell him whether or not they are able to tell the difference between what he made and what Chef Hemant Oberoi makes. The article also talks about what Chef Hemant Oberoi made for Hilary Clinton when she visited Mumbai. Here is what she had in case you are too lazy to go through the entire article

eclectic mix of Indian food, Tandoori Seabass and Yakhni Pulao, Crab Galouti and Cheese Dosa, Raan to be carved on the table, its taste washed away with a Sugarcane Sorbet, and desserts of Kulfi, Phirnee and fresh Alphonso mangoes

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This is going to be one dinner where too many chefs certainly won’t spoil the soup. We are talking about the South Indian sit-down planned tonight by the Taj Mahal Hotel & Towers’ Executive Chef Hemant Oberoi and London’s Gordon Ramsay, OBE, chef, restaurateur, presenter of TV shows on competitive cookery and food, Amitabh Bachchan’s muse in Cheeni Kum, author, etc., etc. It is being held at the Gateway Room, entry is by invitation only — not for love or money, and open to just a clutch of Mumbai’s foodies. Everybody else can eat their hearts out, for Ramsay has fans everywhere in the world, and to be at the celeb chef’s table when he is presenting Indian food with Chef Oberoi… is every gourmet’s dream.


The fires in Chef Oberoi’s kitchen have been stoking some fabulous five star meals lately. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an Indophile and gourmet herself, with an amazing memory of Indian food from her earlier visits, has been the recent recipient. He did two dinners, two breakfasts and one lunch for her in Mumbai, a different and eclectic mix of Indian food, Tandoori Seabass and Yakhni Pulao, Crab Galouti and Cheese Dosa, Raan to be carved on the table, its taste washed away with a Sugarcane Sorbet, and desserts of Kulfi, Phirnee and fresh Alphonso mangoes. Yes, fresh, the last crop of the season before the monsoon signed off mangoes in Maharashtra.


Ramsay, actually, has been slipping in and out of the country incognito, working on a three-part India season for his TV show next year. He’s covered the South, North and also the North-East. But Kerala appears to have tickled his imagination, fancy and tastebuds the most. And, he unburdened his excitement onto Chef Oberoi, expressing the desire to cook a South Indian meal for foodies in Mumbai. The menu, his interpretation of the exciting vegetarian Brahmin, Syrian Catholic and Malabari Muslim cuisines of Kerala, is being kept a secret. Chef Oberoi said, “Ramsay wants the diners to tell him whether his food is the same as ours or different.”
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One Response to “Ramsay to test his skills with Oberoi”

  1. YehHaiLife said

    I’ve been to one of Ramsey’s restaurants in London and only my credit card was impressed as it was charged about $400 for a dinner for 2. The food was bland – nothing spectacular or write home about.

    Hope Chef Oberoi can teach him a trick or two. 😉

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