Kiwi specialty savoured by chef
Whitebait now on his menu
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.
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.