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How and when did you discover GourmetItUp?
When I first saw a Facebook ad for GourmetItUp about 8 months ago, it sounded exactly like something I’d like.
Which is your favourite GourmetItUp experience? Why?
I won a wine flight for two at Vinoteca for being the “highest billed customer” which I have to admit made me feel a bit guilty but there’s a certain special joy in winning anything. *Hint Hint*
What cuisines do you prefer? What’s the craziest food you’ve ever eaten?
I’m a juicy rare steak kind of girl. I was in Cape Town a couple of weeks ago where we tried a game meat grilled platter of crocodile, ostrich and three types of deer. It’s actually quite delicious and not nearly as intimidating as it sounds.
Tell us your pet peeves about dining out in Mumbai.
Waiters who don’t understand what’s on the menu and children who run around breaking crockery
Who’s your favourite celebrity chef?
Heston Blumenthal. He’s completely wild and bizarre with signature dishes like snail porridge and bacon ice cream. It’s on my bucket list to eat at the Fat Duck, his restaurant in England. But be warned, the tasting menu will leave you Rs. 16,000 lighter.
If you were stuck on an island and could only eat one dish for the rest of your life (or until you are rescued, :P), which dish would it be and from which restaurant?
There are some animals that can eat their own body weight in food. I’m like that at buffets. So ideally, I’d like to be stuck on an island with a chef who can cook up a buffet with all the fresh fish and seafood we’d be surrounded by.
What is your favourite midnight snack?
Leftovers! It’s embarrassing the number of times I’ve eaten dhansak or prawn curry-rice straight out of the fridge.
Where was your first date?
Probably at a dirt-cheap non AC Indian Chinese hole in the wall which was all we could afford on pocket money.
If you could be the chef for a day at any restaurant, which one would you choose?
To me, a meal isn’t complete without dessert. It could be anything: cheesecake, tiramisu, baklava, gulab jamun or bibinca. I’d love to be a dessert chef at a patisserie and learn how to temper chocolate and bake the perfect soufflé.
Create your own ice cream scoop with any ingredients.
Baileys Irish Cream ice cream (because everything’s better with alcohol) with swirls of raspberry for a touch of sophistication, cookie dough for a touch of whimsy and pecans for a crunch.
What are your plans for this weekend?
This weekend is the Taste of Mumbai festival at Marine Drive, featuring 20 pop-up restaurants. That’s where I’m hoping to be.
Now that you are a minor internet celebrity (you will be after this article is published), what advice would you give to your foodie fans?
Go wild. Go to the oddest sounding restaurants and order the oddest sounding dish on the menu.
Check out GourmetItUp’s experience at Vinoteca.