More than just the basics

International Flavour

More than just the basics

Every since cooking shows like ‘MasterChef’ have gained popularity on the television, the art of cooking in the Indian household has definitely undergone a makeover. In fact, more and more people are so inspired by these shows that they want to recreate them and are willing to learn from professionals. There used to be a time when cookery classes were about teaching the basics of the art. But now, these same classes have started exploring options on these shows.

Several workshops are being held across the City, where a guest chef hosts a private class that focusses on dishes with international flavours. And that’s not all — they are taught in the same manner as on the shows. At times, there is a television screen projecting what is being cooked. Otherwise, it’s more private — everyone gets a copy of the recipe and they hover around the chef while he or she is cooking the dish.

The demand for such classes and workshops is on the rise. In fact, Shyam, who started ‘The Travelling Chef’, says that he has been getting many requests to hold workshops to teach some of his recipes. “Most of my food has an international touch as we aim to bring cuisines from all over the world to the comfort of one’s kitchen. Many times, guests at a party come to us and watch us cook. They have even asked us to start our own ‘Master’ classes,” he says.

There’s no denying that these classes are inspired by shows like the ‘MasterChef’ series, says Shazia Khan, who was a finalist in ‘MasterChef India’ in 2012. “Of late, cooking has become a trend. And thanks to such shows, it has taken over people both young and old, who now want to learn dishes that are shown on the show. I too hold workshops and classes for people who want to explore different cuisines and dishes. In fact, these classes have turned out to be a great way for young housewives to bond with their friends. They can come together, learn something new and then end it with a high tea,” she adds.

Chef Yuvna Damani, who conducts ‘Master’ classes in the City, says that the demand for such classes is on the rise. “It isn’t only cookery shows that have inspired people. They have started hosting dinners at home and want to recreate dishes that are shown on these programmes or at restaurants. And since supermarkets have started storing many of the ingredients, it’s become easier for people to make such dishes at their home. I feel these classes are a good thing as people are willing to experiment more in the kitchen as well,” she adds.

Keerthana, a homemaker, who has attended a couple of baking workshops, says that such classes have brought people closer to a variety of cuisines.

“There was a time when cooking classes were only for those who didn’t know how
to cook. But now, we get to improve on our culinary skills, familiarise ourselves with various cuisines from across the world and even pick up a few tips and tricks which can be adapted to Indian cuisine,” she adds.

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