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A taste of Australia for India’s celebrity chef!

Sanjeev Kapoor with Simon Sandall at North Bondi Fish, Restaurant of Chef Matt Moran, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sanjeev Kapoor with Simon Sandall at North Bondi Fish, Restaurant of Chef Matt Moran, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sanjeev Kapoor, India’s most well-known celebrity Masterchef travelled on a culinary journey to Australia to film the next season of his show – Out of the World – which will be aired on the nation’s only food and lifestyle channel, Food Food. As part of his delightful gourmet expedition, Sanjeev travelled to four Australian states including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia to get a taste of some of the finest food and beverage experiences Down Under.

In sync with Tourism Australia’s focus on highlighting the destination’s best food and wine experiences, this show will bring to Indian homes a glimpse of Australia’s finest array of produce served in the most stunning locations. The 15 part series, created by the production company Performance Ltd spearheaded by veteran producer and director Runjiv Kapur, will feature several ‘Best of Australia’ experiences that Sanjeev indulged in during his visit. These included a hot air balloon ride and champagne breakfast, cuddling koalas and feeding kangaroos at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast; climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and visiting the Blue Mountains; chocolate tours and attending the Melbourne Food and Wine event, taking a helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles, visiting Kangaroo Island and blending wines in the Barossa Valley.

Sanjeev Kapoor with Brett Lee on a yatch in the Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
Sanjeev Kapoor with Brett Lee on a yatch in the Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

One of the highlights of the journey was avid cricket enthusiast Sanjeev meeting famous Aussie cricketer Brett Lee to cook up an Australian barbeque on a yacht cruising along the Sydney Harbour. Sanjeev also visited the Sydney Cricket Ground, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Adelaide Oval, each being venues of India matches at the upcoming Cricket World Cup in 2015. During his visit, Sanjeev was honored as a ‘Friend of Australia’ by Tourism Australia making him part of an advocacy program alongside local and international opinion leaders to tell their Australian stories.

Sanjeev Kapoor feeding kangaroos at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary , Gold Coast, Australia
Sanjeev Kapoor feeding kangaroos at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary , Gold Coast, Australia

Sanjeev is the ultimate authority on food in India. He joined the ‘Friends of Australia’ program endorsing the best of food and travel experiences in Australia. FoodFood Channel was conceptualized by MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor, the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine today. In addition to being a TV show host, Sanjeev is an author of bestselling cookbooks, restaurant consultant, architect of unique range of food products and winner of numerous awards.

Australia has witnessed a healthy increase in arrivals from India. There were 11,600 visitors from India during January 2014, bringing the total for the twelve months to January to almost 170,000, an increase of 9.1 per cent relative to the same period the previous year.

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What you had on the new year eve!

north-indianWant to know what did everyone ordered on New Years Eve? As one of the India’s leading food portals, TastyKhana.com was an integral part of New Years celebrations across the country for all the food enthusiasts. While doing so, certain fixed food ordering habits were observed by the portal during that time.

mughlaiThe survey clearly highlights some of the key food ordering patterns of its customers like: The most preferred cuisines, the most preferred dish, the most preferred time of placing orders etc. As per survey, the five most preferred cuisines were: Chinese, Fast food (burgers, sandwiches), North Indian (includes Mughalai), Wraps & rolls and Sea food.  Among the food that were ordered the most, top three were- Chicken Lollipop, Chicken Biryani and Kadhai Paneer. While most popular ordering hours were 9 to 10 pm, the minimum meal ordered on the site started from Rs 593 (apprx 10$). Another interesting thing about breads- for every one butter roti, 1.7x butter nans were ordered on the new year eve.

biryani‘TastyKhana.com’ is an Indian online food ordering service operating in 8 major cities in India: Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Gurgaon, Delhi, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad. Headquartered in Pune, TastyKhana has partnered with over 5000 restaurants spreading across their national network. The online food service gives users the convenience of choosing a restaurant in their area and select their preferred meal items by browsing through the menus on the TastyKhana website and placing the order online for delivery to the desired location. The orders can be paid for through cash on delivery or through online payments or by accumulating the online Trinket account, the virtual wallet that is created for every customer for their payment convenience. The service is accessible through web, tablet or mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry.