Indian chefs are making it big in the culinary world. Joining the list is this 25-year-old chef from Uttarakhand, Ishan Bahukhandi. He is the man behind the ready-to-eat products brand, Vegit Merino Ltd. Last week, this young chef got a call that changed his life. Ana Zambelli, the sous chef of Sapore S A and the official caterers for Rio Olympics 2016 got in touch with Bahukhandi – they have known each other for a few years now. It was a chance meeting when Bahukhandi was working at the Lalit, New Delhi and she was visiting. So, when she needed a chef to manage the Asian Cuisine section for Rio Olympics 2016, she decided to call him.
Bahukhandi who reached the Olympics venue on August 3 prepped himself as best as he could. Knowing that he would need spices to deliver the flavours, the chef packed a mean consignment of Indian spices (if not all of them) before leaving India. “I had no time to pack all the ingredients I usually work with. My father is a lawyer at the Karkardooma courts and he sent out his orderly with a long list of packed stuff that I thought would be a good substitute. My mother was sent packing with another list. All in all, it should work. With Indian spices, you can never go too wrong,” Bahukhandi told TOI.
At the moment, he is busy mingling with the team of caterers there. He is so happy that he even got a special gift for Zambelli, the chef who gave him the chance to be the latest Indian entrant to the Olympics! And it’s none other than the favourite Indian sweet, Soan Papdi. Zambelli posted a photo on Instagram of the same.
We are so stoked right now. Hope people at the Olympics this year will get a taste of delicious and authentic Indian cuisine. Thanks to the Indian in the Olympics kitchen!