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Celebrity Chef Maria Goretti: Happy to See the World Woken up to Indian Tastes

Maria Goretti speaks about her recent collaboration with The Doers Club by Dewar's

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Celebrity chef Maria Goretti has recently collaborated with The Doers Club by Dewar's to co-curate a gourmet food and drinks experience. IANS

BY PUJA GUPTA

Celebrity chef Maria Goretti says she is “happy to see that the world has finally woken up to Indian tastes”. She adds:”We are this melting pot of various cuisines, various tastes, and various flavours and the world has not yet seen all that India has to offer.”

IANSlife spoke to Goretti who recently collaborated with The Doers Club by Dewar’s to co-curate a gourmet food and drinks experience called ‘East India Bottle Masala and Double Aged Scotch’.

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Chef Maria Goretti says that she is happy to see the rise of Indian cuisine around the world. Pixabay

Excerpts:

Tell us more about your collaboration with Dewar’s.

Goretti: I have been talking with Dewar’s about the dinner for quite some time. We started the conversation when I came back from Paris in 2018 but the entire year I was travelling, so somehow everything keeps getting postpone and I always feel that there is a perfect time for everything and everything does fall into place and I guess this was the perfect time and finally Dewar’s, me being the East Indian and my east Indian bottle masala found a place to cook for The Doers Club at the sidecar. So me and my team – the travelling chefs, we had the most amazing time being part of this association.

What are you looking forward to with this project?

Goretti: I am looking forward to introducing my East Indian cuisine to the people of Delhi blending it with The Dewar’s Double scotch for double flavour. East Indian cuisine belongs to only Bombay, we are a small Catholic community that lives on the coast- mostly farmers, landowners and fisher folks.

Our cuisine is an old cuisine that if not promoted and not introduced to others, it will probably die and I am really happy that I got this opportunity with the Doers club to bring my palette out to introduce it to a lot more people and I am really excited about doing this little more often.

How did you get into cooking?

Goretti: I never thought I would be doing what I am doing right now because I had to feed my kids (laughs) so I had to learn how to cook. As people say that necessity is the mother of all invention. I had to learn from basic how-to boil rice, how to make roti, a French toast, perfectly boiled eggs along with many other things and somewhere down the line I found cooking so interesting that in 2010 I joined Sapphires and did 1 year of baking with them. Then I joined Tante Marie Woking in London, I studied boulang�re cuisine and bakery. I spent a complete year in travelling from Bombay to Paris and Bombay to London.

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The Indian cuisine provides a wide range of food items. Pixabay

I am a certified pastry chef from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and London because I broke my journey and went to two places. I have been cooking since 2011. Earlier, I did it slowly because of my kids who were much younger but I think now I am ready to go out and do this a little more often and I am very excited about it.

How would you define your love for cooking?

Goretti: It’s passion, pure passion!

What are the three ingredients that are a must in your kitchen?

Goretti: Three ingredients must in kitchen are garlic, butter and my East Indian bottle masala.

What’s your favourite food/dish?

Goretti: My favourite cuisines are Kerala cuisine, Bengali cuisine, Kashmiri food, Thai, Ethiopian cuisine Hungarian. So basically, I love food because it’s very difficult to choose.

How do you manage to combine nutrition and taste in a dish?

Goretti: It’s difficult to combine nutrition and taste in a dish with kids, but most of the time I am very clear what I want to eat. I am not somebody who eats terribly unhealthy. I keep my food very simple as I have a big sweet tooth, if I am eating sweets, then I try to eat simple food nothing heavy.

My food is the combination of my skill set which is French and my taste which is Indian and East Indian. I try to be healthy and try to strike a good balance between healthy and everyday normal.

How do you see the future of the Indian F&B industry?

Goretti: I am happy to see that the world has finally woken up to Indian tastes and curry is now the most famous word in the world. I am happy about that, I think India has as many cuisines as it has languages, ethnicities and people. We are this melting pot of various cuisines, various tastes, and various flavours and the world has not yet seen all that India has to offer.

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Maria Goretti defines her love for cooking by saying that it is her passion. Pixabay

I believe this is a good time for us as Indians as world look towards us as a place of flavour, place of excitements, robustness and we have just touched the tip of the iceberg, they have not seen what India is capable of and I know we have a lot to offer.

Cooking as a profession — how do you think people’s perception has changed over time?

Goretti: I think we are living in a beautiful time, like when I was younger, everyone was getting into banking, becoming a model, actor, there were very few who were saying they want to go to the moon but today I hear a lot more people who say I want to grow up and become a chef.

I think one of the main reasons will be all the TV shows that we have makes it look more glamorous and everybody wants to be a chef but it’s a lot of hard work and a lot of sweat and blood goes behind that one tiny dish a chef makes and then somebody makes faces while eating ‘It’s like ouch, hurts badly. But I am pretty happy about the change.

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What food trends do you see in 2020?

Goretti: It will be very difficult for me to answer because I don’t know what food trends are but what I see is getting a little healthier, people are more conscious about ketogenic, gluten-free, vegan food. People are going towards vegetarianism which I think is lovely, having said that I am not vegetarian at all but do find it a healthier way to live.

At home, I do eat a lot more vegetarian food that I eat out. When I step out of the house, I remind myself that the world is your oyster� you have to taste everything. But I think the world is moving toward a place where there is a lower carbon footprint, localised food yet we all know food has no boundaries as such so food trends according to me would be veering towards a healthier lifestyle. (IANS)

 

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Veganism is a lifestyle that tries to bar, as far as possible and practicable, all kinds of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, or any other purpose

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Vegan people follow a plant-based diet and do not eat animal products including dairy, meat, eggs, honey, and gelatin. But, veganism goes beyond the diet.

Veganism is a lifestyle that tries to bar, as far as possible and practicable, all kinds of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, or any other purpose.

Nutritionist and founder of Diet Podium, Shikha Mahajan, shares these five benefits going vegan has on your health.

Reduced risk of cancer

In 2015, the Worle Health Organisation named red meat a Group 2 Carcinogen, which means it probably causes cancer in humans. WHO placed processed meat in the Group 1 category, which means it is carcinogenic to humans.

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Even small amounts of meat can increase the risk of cancer. A study from Oxford University study also found that eating just 3 rashers of bacon a day can increase cancer risk by 20 percent.

Reduced risk Of diabetes

More and more research is concluding that a plant-based diet can reduce the risk of developing diabetes or even reverse the disease completely.

A study, that included more than 2,000 adults, found those people who increased the number of fruit, vegetables, and nuts in their diet over the duration of 20 years reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 60 percent more than those who did not.

Enhanced mood

A study done by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) shows a study on its website that looks at the eating patterns and moods of 3,486 people over a five-year period. The study showed that participants who consumed whole, plant foods reported fewer signs of depression.

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Vegan people follow a plant-based diet and do not eat animal products including dairy, meat, eggs, honey, and gelatin. But, veganism goes beyond the diet. Pixabay

A different study showed that vegetarians usually experience more positive moods than meat-eaters.

Healthy skin

A plant-based diet might boost your beauty regime by assisting your skin in staying healthy. An increasing number of studies are associating dairy to skin problems such as acne. Dairy products have growth hormones and are also sometimes infused with artificial hormones, which can disrupt the human body’s hormone system.

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Fewer cardiovascular diseases

Meat generally contains a high quantity of saturated and trans-fats which can increase blood cholesterol. Cholesterol can create fatty deposits in the blood vessels that increase the risk of stroke, peripheral artery disease, and heart disease. Plant-based foods, by nature, have no dietary cholesterol. A diet high in fat and cholesterol can also lead to high blood pressure. (IANS)