Chef Shazia Khan needs no introduction in the culinary world. MasterChef India Runner Up Season 2 and now a celebrity Chef , Food show presenter and writer ,Shazia Khan is a household name now .A self learner , she loves to innovate and experiment while cooking. Some of her choicest recipes are part of her cookbook ‘What’s on the Menu’ that was published last year. Apart from her love for cooking, she is part of family-run education business and is a member of the board of management at Delhi Public School in Bangalore and Mysore.
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Yesterday , I was invited to the food tasting event at The Oberoi, Bangalore where she demystified the pleasures of enjoying the ‘nouvelle cuisine’ in the comfort of home.
“The event hosted by TTK Prestige, showcased Chef Shazia demonstrating the ease of recreating Michelin star quality food at home and reiterating the importance of sourcing fresh local produce and quality ingredients for fine tasting food.”
After her culinary show, I had a short conversation with her.The excerpts from the same are below:
Q. What does cooking means to you?
Cooking makes me Super excited.I love to plate my dishes elegantly.For me, it is like a fun activity. Even at midnight , I can cook food for my loved ones.”It is like an Love affair” ( she says it laughingly)
Q. Take us back in time, how old were you when you had first cooking experience.
I was 9 years old when I started cooking at home.My first dish was fresh fruit Custard that I prepared without any help. My family was always worried about me cooking then.
Q. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has always praised you and described you as “epitome of grace under pressure”. Whta do you say about it.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has been always been very encouraging to me since I met him at the Masterchef India contest.
Q. How often you cook at home ?
Q. You just mentioned that your kids are foodies.Do they too plan to become Chef once they grow up?
My younger son who’s 12 years old , is very fond of cooking. Perhaps he will join a Culinary school in Singapore once he grow up.
Q. What cuisine interests you most ?
I love creating new recipes usually the traditional Indian ones with modern twist. Old flavors in new style.It is difficult for me to single out one as my favorite recipe. But my kids are fond of Italian cuisine. I love hosting people and like to get appreciation for my dishes.
Q. What are your immediate future plans
Currently, I am working on my own Culinary School in Bangalore. It is slated to open in August 2017 at Jayanagar in southern Bangalore. Apart from the education , there will be lot of Masterclasses by the well known Chefs .
Especially for this event Chef Shazia has curated modern menu with fusion dishes like dukkah crusted paneer with creamy beetroot, the brinjal affair, grilled figs with almond crumble and vanilla mousse, chilly mutton sliders, Cuban chicken skewers and specially concocted grape juice puchka shots.
Acknowledgement: I would like to thank TTK Prestige (www.ttkprestige.com) for this wonderful opprtunity to interact with the Chef Shazia Khan. As most of us are aware that TTK Prestige Limited is part of TTK Group. It has emerged as largest Indian kitchen appliances company.It has been catering to the needs of home makers in the country over 60 years now.
“ Jo Biwi Se Kare Pyar, Woh Prestige Se Kaise Kare Inkaar ” has been one of most popular tagline in Indian households for decades now and I am sure it is going to be relevant for years to come.
Every Prestige brand product is built on the pillars of safety, innovation, durability and trust, making the brand the first choice in millions of homes. TTK Prestige launched ‘Prestige Clean Home’ a range of innovative home cleaning solutions last year.