Tickling The Tastebuds

Culinary diversity of India showcased in Sydney

Indian cuisIne ranks among the top five popular ones in the world. It is judged as the most diverse; the diversity in food being almost in direct proportion to the nation’s diversity in the geography, language, customs and culture. This notion inspired India Tourism Sydney and Australia India Travel & Tourism Council (AITTC) in partnership with Wendy Wu Tours, one of Australia’s leading tour operator to India, to present  to a selected audience from the industry some samples of India’s culinary diversity.

p1010122-004So, on November 23 evening, one of Sydney’s most elegant, waterfront Indian restaurant Manjit’s@Wharf  became the center stage of showcasing India’s culinary diversity. Over 75 guests comprising travel agents, airlines, hoteliers and industry personalities dominating the India-Australia tourism spectrum watched a video clipping from Saransh Goila, a celebrity chef in India, heard from B Vanlalvawna Indian Consul General Sydney, Kanchan Kurkeja, Director India Tourism Sydney, and Laura Cuthbert from Wendy Wu Tours, learnt about Indian food experience from journalist Fiona Caulfield and traditional Indian cuisine from celebrity chef Sandeep Chatterjee. They also picked up knowledge on modern trends in Indian eats from Manjit’s chef de cuisine, Varun Gujral while tickling taste buds with several dishes from various regions of India, especially prepared for the evening.

p1010108According to AITTC Chairman Sandip Hor, the idea behind this initiative is simple and straightforward. It is to pass on enhanced knowledge about Indian cuisine and to motivate Australians, who love Indian food like the rest of the world does. The goal of AITTC is to facilitate growth in bilateral tourism. As a part of their ‘Know India Better’ program, the organization in partnership with India Tourism has earlier hosted similar events specifically focussed on festivals, wildlife, yoga and medical tourism in India.