Kiwi spe­cialty savoured by chef

White­bait now on his menu

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Otago Farm­ers’ Mar­ket shop­pers were treated to a touch of celebrity on Sun­day when In­dian MasterChef judge Ku­nal Ka­pur stopped to try lo­cal cui­sine and cook white­bait pat­ties. Mr Ka­pur, who is tour­ing New Zealand af­ter be­ing pre­sented the Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary Fel­low­ship for 2012, is ex­ec­u­tive sous chef at the award-win­ning ho­tel Leela Kempin­ski Gur­gaon, in In­dia, and the host and judge of MasterChef In­dia, which at­tracts 90 mil­lion view­ers. Af­ter hear­ing a lot about white­bait frit­ters Mr Ka­pur tried the del­i­cacy for the first time while din­ing at Wai, in Queen­stown, on Satur­day. ‘‘It’s so nice. It’s not fishy at all,’’ he said. He was so im­pressed that on Sun­day he helped North­burn Sta­tion wine­maker Richard Broadhead cook the de­light to sell to hun­gry shop­pers at the mar­ket. Mr Ka­pur com­mended Cen­tral Otago food prod­uct pro­duc­ers and said he was im­pressed at the imag­i­na­tion they had with raw prod­ucts. Af­ter try­ing Wild Thyme Gourmet’s Pinot Noir sauce, he was hooked. ‘‘That’s some­thing new. It’s so tasty,’’ he said.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627529014

White gold: In­di­anMasterChef judge Ku­nal Ka­pur in­spects the West Coast white­bait pat­tie he cooked at the Cen­tral Otago Farm­ers’ Mar­ket, in Cromwell Her­itage Precinct, on Sun­day.

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