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in­stal­la­tions, and even eat­ing in the dark. Kumar and his part­ners, de­sign­ers Smita Singh and Shani Hi­man­shu of 11.11 by CELLDSGN, took this con­cept fur­ther at the re­cently held Un­box Fes­ti­val in Goethe In­sti­tute, New Delhi. They put to­gether the quirky Food Labyrinth, a play­ground of gas­tro­nomic ad­ven­tures that in­cluded food face-offs and elab­o­rate salad in­stal­la­tions con­jured up for die-hard food­ies.

For the jaded In­dian diner, the lack of din­ing spa­ces that go be­yond just serv­ing food is an is­sue that needs ad­dress­ing—he is hun­grily seek­ing out ad­ven­tures, and fine din­ing for him is no longer about ex­pen­sive restau­rants and in­flated bills. Gas­tronomes want to not only add mul­ti­ple sen­so­rial di­men­sions to their eat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but also want to know where their food is com­ing from, who is cook­ing it, and af­ter a bit of po­lite chit-chat, want to be wowed the­atri­cally. Ea­ger to please the ea­ger to ex­per­i­ment are a surge of restau­rants and restau­ra­teurs who are at the cen­tre of this avant-garde food rev­o­lu­tion.

Fel­low sup­per club or­gan­is­ers, Mum­bai’s Brown Pa­per Bag girls Mansi Pod­dar and Kanika Parab say that the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind

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