housewife invited to US food conference:
India] Kochi (Kerala) Sep 16 : Taking the flavours of Indian home
cooking to the world, a Kerala housewife is among five people chosen
from the country to participate as a guest culinary expert in an
international festival in the US.
Nimmy Paul, the only amateur in the group of professional
chefs, will be attending the prestigious Seventh Annual Worlds of
Flavor International Conference & Festival organised by the
Culinary Institute of America in California Nov 11-13.
So the Kochi-based homemaker is getting all set to
cook traditional, aromatic dishes like biryani, steamed appams and
chicken stew and the famous fish molly.
She would also be conjuring vegetarian specialities
like aviyal and curd-based pachadi during the three-day conference
to be attended by 50 chefs from countries like China, Japan, Singapore,
Thailand and Vietnam.
The theme of this year's conference is Savouring
Asia: Authentic Flavours for American Menus.
Paul, who runs a 'home stay' accommodation for foreign
tourists and includes cooking lessons in the package, said she caters
to only two guests at a time.
"I am really excited and waiting to be there,"
"I think I have been fortunate to be invited
because Greg Drescher, director of the Culinary Institute at Greystone,
was one of my guests last season," Paul told IANS.
Paul said Asian flavours were inspiring American
chefs and food writers and whetting the appetites of American diners.
"This is basically meant to see what Asian dishes
could be included in American menus in the coming years, as well
as present the best of contemporary Asian cooking that draws on
traditions in innovative ways," Paul said.
The three-day event is believed to be one of the
largest and most significant conferences ever held in the US on
Asian food, cooking and culture.
Food Arts magazine has described the Culinary Institute's
Flavour Conferences as "Inspirational. Eleven on a 10 scale."
--Indo-Asian News Service