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Always a fan of grandma’s recipes

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ATHIRA MARIA SOMY
Published Dec 29, 2018, 12:13 am IST
Updated Dec 29, 2018, 12:13 am IST
Chef Thomas Zechariah of The Bombay Canteen talked at an event organised by food blog Eat Kochi Eat.
Chef Thomas Zechariah of The Bombay Canteen
 Chef Thomas Zechariah of The Bombay Canteen

Which Malayali wouldn’t give everything for the best parotta and beef fry in Kerala? Well, ‘Eat Kochi Eat’ started its journey to find out exactly that. Now, Eat Kochi Eat is one of the most popular food blogs, earning applause from foodies in the state.

Eat Kochi Eat has conducted over 50 events and food trips across India. Rather than talking about just food, the events have focused more on the chefs. One such event was conducted on Thursday at the Kerala Museum, Edappally, and the highlight of the programme was Chef Thomas Zechariah, Chief Executive Chef of The Bombay Canteen. He likes to experiment and to blend Indian and western dishes. Over 70 people were present at the event.

 

The chef shared various experiences about his trips across India, which were a definite eye-opener and pushed him further to introduce Indian dishes to the world. 

One of the specialties in his restaurant is Desi Tacos with Tepla, a flatbread from Gujarat and Goan style Pork Vindaloo served with a guava tart with spicy chilli ice cream.

“My favourite dish will always be my grandma’s duck curry’’, he says, recalling his childhood memories. His grandma was his biggest inspiration to try his hand at cooking. “My grandma was able to delight anyone with her food. I want to achieve that, too,” he adds.

Asked about his views on molecular kitchen, a particular kind of kitchen where science and food come together, he says, “I’m not overly fond of that sort of cooking. For me, food should be able to leave a lasting impression on the people; it should trigger memories”.

To the aspiring chefs out there, he says, “Be more patient, do not rush into things. Let everything fall into its place”. 

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