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Beer and food have been enjoyed together for centuries as part of the good life and taking this eternal association one step further...

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE |
June 6, 2009 4:35:37 am

Beer and food have been enjoyed together for centuries as part of the good life and taking this eternal association one step further,food consultant Karen Anand and Carlsberg beer organised Men Can Cook,the first of a series of cookery events. Specific characteristics of food and beer interact with each other in many ways. The grain-based nature of beer makes it a food in itself and the huge range of flavours,aromas and textures make it a perfect match for a variety of food – from a simple sausage and spicy curries to the most luxurious gourmet dish. The bitterness of the hops and the apple-like sweetness of the beer provide a harmoniously-balanced taste.

At the Men Can Cook event held at Stone Water Grill,Koregaon Park recently,participants included Suku Shah (Owner-Olive Tree Trading),Shantanu Shorey (Photographer and Ad Filmmaker),Jeran Jacques Seaerou (Director,Alliance Francaise),Dr B S Ratta (Paediatric Surgeon) and Gaurav Natekar (Tennis pro). The event saw participants,most of them first-timers,putting together a variety of dishes in the given time-span of 45 minutes. The participants were given a plethora of ingredients to make their dishes stand out; from meats,seafood,fresh vegetables and herbs,to a wide variety of Indian spices. From pasta to fish and noodles to grilled veggies,the men dished up preparations which were done well and garnished expertly.

Speaking on the occasion,Pradeep Gidwani,managing director,Carlsberg said,“Fine food and fine beer go well together,particularly in these hot summer months. It was fantastic to see successful men cooking with passion and enjoying some great beer.” Karen Anand said she never realised beer could be so versatile. “I was always under the impression that it was merely a thirst quencher or a guy’s glugging drink. Carlsberg matches fantastically with my kind of food and goes very well with spicy food,” she added.

The dishes were judged on appearance,taste and creativity. The aim of the exercise was to have fun,learn how to work as a team and explore the possibilities of one’s potential as a creative cook,by choosing the right ingredients and method of cooking. Dr B S Ratta won the competition and walked away with a one-year supply of Carlsberg beer.

The swish soiree was attended by Pune’s elite that included Kumar Gera,Carsten Glombik,Manish Jaitha,Rahul Kirloskar,Umesh Kothari,Meher Nicholson,Jayu and Chinnu Patwardhan and Bindiya Thakkar,among others.

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