Kochhar and friends cook­ing up a storm

Celebrity chefs help­ing to cre­ate tast­ing menus at Bucks restau­rants

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Once a month, din­ers in Bucks will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence a col­lab­o­ra­tive six­course tast­ing menu cre­ated by Mr Kochhar and some of the most cel­e­brated names in the culi­nary world. The events, which will be hosted at Mr Kochhar’s restau­rants Sindhu, in Mar­low, and In­dian Essence, in Pettswood, will see each chef pre­sent­ing three dishes along­side three that Mr Kochhar pre­pares.

Com­ment­ing on the spe­cially cu­rated sea­son, Mr Kochhar, who re­cently opened Hawkyns in Amer­sham, said: “I am ex­cited to wel­come such a va­ri­ety of tal­ented chefs.

“The mix of skill, pas­sion and cre­ativ­ity is out­stand­ing. Here are chefs who, like me, pro­mote and en­cour­age sea­sonal Bri­tish in­gre­di­ents as well as In­dian, Ital­ian and South Asian.

“It’s im­por­tant for me to adapt and adopt – cul­tures, cuisines, in­gre­di­ent, ev­ery­thing. To bring di­verse cul­tures closer, this is what food is about and these chefs un­der­stand and demon­strate these same prin­ci­ples. So cook­ing!”

One of the win­ners of The Great Bri­tish Menu in 2011, chef Ak­tar Is­lam, will be bring­ing his dis­tinc­tive style and ex­otic flavours to Sindhu Restau­rant on Fe­bru­ary 21.

Ak­tar’s pas­sion for cre­at­ing mod­ern south Asian cui­sine has en­sured his me­te­oric rise as one of the most tal­ented chefs in the UK.

Chef Ping Coombes, the win­ner of MasterChef in 2014, has risen to fame in the food in­dus­try and will be show­cas­ing her Malaysian food and tech­niques at Sindhu on March 15 and 16.

Ms Coombes im­por­tant let’s get said: “I want to con­tinue to learn more new skills and tech­niques, adapt­ing them to wast Asian cook­ing, and to in­tro­duce the UK to more Malaysian flavours.”

The MasterChef win­ner in 2016, Jane Devon­shire, will be cook­ing up a storm at Sindhu on April 26 with her fuss-free recipes and de­li­cious meals home cook.

She said: “Food is an ab­so­lutely solid and in­te­gral part of my fam­ily life, both grow­ing up and now.

“It rep­re­sents so much more to me than just food; it’s fam­ily and friends – the best times are al­ways when good for the food, fam­ily and friends sur­round you.”

Miche­lin-starred chef, Do­minic Chap­man of The Bee­hive, in White Waltham, who uses tra­di­tional cook­ing meth­ods to cre­ate sea­sonal dishes and cham­pion lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, will be at Sindhu on March 9.

Fi­nally, chef, restau­ra­teur, au­thor and TV per­son­al­ity Cyrus Todi­wala will be bring­ing his tra­di­tional In­dian culi­nary tech­niques and flavours to Sindhu on June 29.

The star chef said: “I al­ways think to my­self ‘How can I do some­thing dif­fer­ent this time?’

“That’s how you can cre­ate some­thing com­pletely out of the or­di­nary – the best in­spi­ra­tion comes from try­ing new things.”

Fu­ture dates and chefs will be an­nounced soon.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.sind­hurestau­rant.co.uk and www.in­di­anessence.co.uk.

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