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    A campaign to  familiarise Indian  palates with Mediterranean tastes

    European chef Nicolas Román and chef restaurateur Abhijit Saha will be making the rounds of hospitality schools in the city to introduce our budding food professionals to the fine nuances of Meditteranean cuisine. The good news is that culinary enthusiasts who are keen to pick up a few tips can also participate in these master classes that are held by the Spanish government to increase awareness of their cuisine.

    Going further
    The well-planned campaign is an effort to increase awareness about food and drink through the five senses — touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. “The idea is to ensure that Mediterranean cuisine is prepared in the right way so that the taste and
    the value of the dish stays intact,” enthuses Román. Over 10 colleges are participating in the campaign, across the coming week.

    On the cards
    The masterclass – an open interactive event will de-mystify the lesser known Mediterranean dishes like a light spinach and olive stew, tender roasted lamb and pears poached in wine. Their USP is to keep the flavours and ingredients simple and the prep time under ten minutes. So home chefs looking for some easy recipes should head over.

    The workshops, on the other hand, are limited to culinary  students. They will learn first-hand how to dish up regional specials like creamy Mediterranean rice, pepitoria chicken, and roasted duck a l’orange with five spices. Entry free. Until August 7.  Details: inquve.com

    —Avinash Kumai

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