Celebrated MasterChef Vicky Ratnani on Thursday said he is discovering India through food. "I am discovering my country from food," Ratnani told the media here. About his foray into the food industry, he said as a child, he learnt cooking from his family, his mom and his friends, all great cooks.
Currently, the celebrated chief, who is born and raised in Mumbai, is doing the 'Mother India project'. "My mom is a vegetarian. Also, we Sindhis have a lot of vegetarian food on their plate. I am documenting all her recipes minutely and this is a Mother India project," Ratnani told IANS.
Ratnani, who graduated from Dadar Catering College (Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai) and then travelled across the globe for 14 years before returning to India, believes his speciality is Western but his soul is 'desi'. As a chef, he said, "I believe I supporting local farmers believe in sustainability."
Ratnani, who believes he is exactly the same person at home or with his friends, visited the local wholesale fruit and vegetable market in Sector 26 to explore all the local seasonal ingredients. Whenever he is in Delhi, he prefers to visit Khari Baoli, Asia's largest wholesale spice market selling all kinds of spices, nuts, herbs and food products.
According to him, healthy food becoming the preferred choice. "The health element is pretty high among consumers these days. They are not only calorie conscious but also conscious about what they are eating, I mean quality of food," he said.
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