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TASTE OF BRITAIN


wonderful way of showcasing best of BRITISH FOOD


By Dominic Chapman


Highly acclaimed chef Dominic Chapman from The Beehive, White Waltham, Berkshire, once again joined the Taste of Britain Curry Festival team for it’s unique British food promotion in India. Dominic, who has worked in many Michelin Starred restaurants and has a love of world cuisine, with Indian food close to his heart. Every year chef Dominic travels to India with team of the best curry chefs from Britain to showcase the best of British food on offer, including curry. This year he was in the Indian capital Delhi where he and other chefs took residence at the ITC Maurya New Delhi. Here he writes about his experience on this trip.


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t is always a pleasure to be part of the Taste of Britain Curry Festival team. This year, as part of this festival team, I was in Indian capital Delhi and this has been an incredible


experience.


The very concept of this festival by Curry Life Magazine is quite unique. This festival is a great way of unifying food and culture. As part of the festival, a group of best curry chefs from the UK produce the best of the British curry menu and mainstream chef from the reputed restaurant scene showcase traditional British dishes. This concept has been tried and tasted in many times in India by Curry Life and it has worked incredibly well.


Previously at the same festival, I have cooked at the Hyatt Regency in Kolkata and the Park Hyatt in Hyderabad, both totally different in so many ways. Kolkata is hard-core India, horrendous traffic and a real culture shock to any first time visitor.


The city of Hyderabad is a lot more relaxed; you don’t get that overwhelming feeling that you have arrived in complete madhouse. Both cities are beautiful in their own right, but different.


My trip to Delhi began in the House of Commons, the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP wishing the Curry life team good luck. He even asked Hugo Swire, Minister of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to add his best wishes during a debate in the commons and Lord Karan Bilimoria mentioned the festival in his budget speech to the House of Lords.


This year’s festival was at the ITC Maurya, a beautiful five-star hotel that has welcomed President Barrack Obama, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Robert Mugabe and many other world leaders, as well as top sports stars and Hollywood’s A list.


The Hotel was the host to the Afghanistan, Ireland, Sri Lanka and


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