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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Master Class with Chef Nimrat Pahwa at On The Rocks


Park Sheraton introduces Master Classes with Top Chefs


My stint at Chennai is nothing short of exciting and quite fabulous! Recently I was lucky enough to be a part of an exclusive interactive culinary class by master chef Nimrat Pahwa (some of us even got hands on… think pasta dough!) at Chennai's very own Park Sheraton’s oh so sleek and oh la la restaurant On The Rocks. The demonstration headed by Chef Nimrat was fun, very delicious and of course incredibly informative…. I mean how many chefs unleash their trade secrets to us lesser mortals? Chef Nimrat was truly the star of the show keeping the flow and energy of the class moving along smoothly with her vivacious personality. The class was a small cozy group that was perfect in maintaining an intimate class environ. Now onto the juicier details… the food!

The Menu for the day was:

      Assorted Salad with a m√©lange of vinaigrettes – Tomato and Green Salsa, Balsamic and a classic Caesar
      Farmhouse Gazpacho
      Spinach and Ricotta Filled Chicken Breast with Aioli
    Artichoke and Pine nut Ravioli with Pesto
     Porcini Risotto stuffed Bell Pepper with Tortilla Crumbs served with Parmesan white coulis and a warm caper peppercorn vinaigrette
    Vanilla Basil Orange Panacotta with honey ginger glazed  wonton julienne and basil mulled figs


For me personally I loved the salad demonstrations where the chef walked us through different vinaigrettes and a classic Caesar(always good to have in your recipe repertoire). However the highlight of the meal for me was the minestrone soup…deceptively easy to make and even easier to screw up.  The flavors of Chef Nimrat’s soup were bang on and it was smooth flavorful harmony in a cup! I must also make a mention of one of my most have things in the world - melt in the mouth risotto with a healthy splash of white wine... Heaven!

The class was followed by a sit down lunch with Chef Nimrat, which was lively, and it felt really good to savor all those flavors we combined in the class and relax with my fellow participants.

Ok.. enough of me blubbering on and on… let the pictures speak for themselves and tell me … wouldn’t you want to put a feast like this on the table?

For all you carnivores…a succulent melt in your mouth creation of chicken stuffed with a decadent ricotta and spinach blend and grilled to perfection… 

 Sophisticated ruby red concoction of mulled figs in red wine..  an accompaniment to a smooth creamy panacotta that  had you begging for another bite.



The Star of the Show - Chef Nimrat


Getting Down and Dirty - A Hands on Experience for the participants


Park Sheraton will be hosting more classes with more of their Master Chefs. Watch this space for further details!


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