I have a lot of gratitude for the few friends went an extra mile to get me an Invite for an event that one can't miss! That's the invite to meet Australian Master Chef George Calombaris at JW Marriott Bengaluru in association with Zomato and Gold Rush Entertainment. The event was Press Meet and tasting session with George where he had cooked up some great stuff.
He also unveiled the George Calombaris Collection on Zomato with Pramod Rao, Director, International Operations at Zomato
I was so amazed by the humbleness of the world famous chef and the ease with which he connected with the audience. And simply loved his Australian accent. It was fascinating to hear his experiences when he landed in Bengaluru and the host took him around for a jog in the morning and a breakfast at the famous Airlines hotel.
His description of the doughnut got us all into laughter! Oh yes, you must have got it right, its the Medu Veda that he dunked into sambar and called it a doughnut! He was totally thrilled and amused of these deep fried "Savory Doughnuts" as he called them. Its so neat, that he was so open to trying out something as local as it can get!
George Calombaris along with two chefs who had accompanied him for the India travels had set up a 3 course tasting session for the press. 3 out of the two were non vegetarian. With a bit of hesitation, I whispered into the mic and asked if is he cooking up something for the vegetarians.
And of course, he overheard it and brought out some amazing greek rolls with onion bajji as the stuffing! The show stopped was the Rizogalo, Salted Caramel Rice Pudding with Almond Biscuit and Rice Ice Cream. This is something I am definitely going to recreate in my kitchen and share it with you.
1- The the most humbling part was to get served by the Chef Himself!
2 - Super Duper Delicious Greek Rolls with Onion Bajji :)
3 - Rizogalo, Salted Caramel Rice Pudding with Almond Biscuit and Rice Ice Cream
4 - If you are in Bengaluru, do check out the GC Collection of Restaurants