Michelin star chef Vikas Khanna is over the moon. And why won’t he be? the star chef will prepare a culinary treat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CEOs of top global companies with cumulative worth of approximately $4 trillion in New York on September 24.
The Amritsar born chef, who unveiled his book on cuisine for festivals and rituals of Indian communities titled ‘Utsav’ – A culinary epic of Indian festivals’, at Cannes, will prepare a six-seven course meal covering 30-plus festivals in that spread and showcase ‘rich, beautiful India’ in a new age and fine dining avatar. While Khanna remained unavailable for the comment, his representative Deepika Bansal said he’s “proud and humble to get the opportunity”.
The food that Khanna is preparing for Modi and the delegates include poha, khandvi, modak, thandai, dates, non-alcoholic drinks and desserts, but in a fine dining format.
The dinner meeting, which will be held at the New York’s Waldorf Astoria, a luxury five-star hotel, will see global faces like Lockheed Martin chairman Marillyn A. Hewson, Ford Motor president Mark Fields, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Johnson & Johnson chairman, Jorge Mesquita among many.
Kokum and black coconut jaggery have been flown to New York from Goa along with fiery Kolhapuri chillies, which will be used in “chilli pearls”, and other ingredients like edible gold foil, for the meal tomorrow. Khanna has been prepping for more than 250 hours at Junoon, and staff from the restaurant will be assisting him during the meal, at the Waldorf Astoria.
Khanna will be teaming Mathura ke pedhe with chicken and black rice from Mizoram. “The chef has gone to every festival around the country and this has inspired the menu, which is based on his book Utsav: A culinary epic of Indian festivals,” says Bansal.