By Simply the City Correspondent
Not only is he a gifted chef who has found acclaim across the world but also one with unique talents. Writer of multiple cookbooks, including the world’s most expensive, his latest foray is filmmaking. The Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna, who hails from Amritsar, made his debut at Festival de Cannes with his first film – The Last Color starring award-winning actor Neena Gupta in the lead.
He calls it not just a labour of love but also his own “reinvention”. The man with the magic fingers has struck gold not just in the kitchen but in cinema too. His directorial debut is going places and will soon be screened in the US at the 30th Palm Springs International Film Festival. “The Last Color is a gift of the River Ganga to me,” says the chef who has dedicated the film to his late father.
It was a rare treat for cooking enthusiasts in Chandigarh who got to share the stage with Khanna. The special event was hosted by @home, the retail division of Nilkamal Ltd and Bergner, a leading cookware brand at the @home store in Elante Mall, Chandigarh. The event aimed at giving amateur chefs and homecooks a chance to learn some quick tips from the expert himself. Incidentally, the chef is also the brand ambassador of Bergner in India.
As many as 100 participants took part in the masterclass that saw the celebrity chef share recipes and dish out useful and insightful tips and techniques. Three finalists were also shortlisted from the huge number of entries received for an online contest where people had to answer why they would attend a master class by Chef Vikas Khanna. A question and answer session was also a part of the event. The winners also got to take home copies of Khanna’s new book, also his 33rd book, The Wholesome Grain. It showcases easy and healthy recipes using hearty grains. While his new book hits stores, the prolific writer is already on to his next book that will feature tribal cuisine from northeast India. Chef Khanna you are an inspiration indeed!