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Sanjeev Kapoor Rashmi Uday Singh inviting the world to dinner in Australia

(11/21/2014)

Here, reality is more exciting than fantasy. It outstrips all my experiences in the globe's gourmet capitals. It is an indescribable spectacular 'dinner', which stretches over 15 miles (yes!) and nine blissed out hours. This epic Epicurean odyssey is the greatest of all seductions... pampers all our senses, teases our intellect, blows our mind, blurs boundaries between art, science, elegant indoors and the great Australian outdoors and yet, 'Restaurant Australia' calls it a 'dinner'.

It's been magnificently orchestrated for 85 of us 'Global food and wine influencers' (food writers, great chefs like Heston Blumenthal, Alice Waters et al), who've been flown in especially for it. It starts off on a sunny, windswept pier in Hobart, Tasmania, with the finest, fleshiest oysters, sparkling wines and live orchestra, and continues (through bracing icy winds) on splendid speed boats onto a picturesque rocky island. Here, fire pits, charcoal-grilled seafood and more wines warm us. It ends in the iconic MONA (Museum of New and Old Art). Here, on a gargantuan snake-shaped table, amazing flavours and textures continue to seduce, as do the desserts. Right through, globally-renowned Australian chefs Neil Perry, Ben Shewry and Peter Gilmore not only conjure magnificent wine-paired creations, but also mingle with us.

Whoa! This 'dinner' is only a trailer for the spectacular extravaganza that is Australia. This gigantic island has been magnetising the whole world with its stunning climate, varied landscapes, wildlife and exciting cities. But now, more than ever, fine foodiesm, restaurants serving multicultural cuisines unfettered by tradition are taking centre stage. Can anything be more valuable than Australia's 'great gold rush' and 'mining boom'? Yup! Australia's 'dining boom'!

Note: Each of us 85 'global influencers' (including our Indian superacheivers) ate our way through the country. It was fabulous to catch up with maestro chefs (Manish Mehrotra, Rahul Akerkar and Kunal Kapur), pioneering restaurateur (AD Singh), food blogger Maria Goretti and Sanjeev Kapoor (the world's only chef with a 24-hour food channel). I, the writer and TV host, am still here, eating away. The wow never wavers, and I call it WOW-stralia! 

Source: Times of India.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.