Here is the last Chef interview before the event. This time, I am thrilled to present Chef Manasi. In a way, this final interview for Khana Khazana 2017 was where I wanted to be when I started this effort. The conversation was super casual over a cup of chai and snacks. It was relaxed and the questions and responses just flowed naturally. Over the past few weeks, staying behind the camera has allowed me to listen, and to learn so much about my friends, fellow community members and cooks extraordinaire. I am so happy I got this opportunity to do this video series and am now a strong proponent on the use of video as a means to not just publicize but engage with the community. Manasi was a wonderful conversationalist and hearing her thoughts on cooking, I can only imagine how awesome it is going to be on Sunday. I cant stress on this any more. Sign up your family for CIC Khana Khazana 2017. This is going to be super fun and for a good cause.
Please do watch the video to learn more about Chef Manasi and what she has in store for Khana Khazana. Her answers to the Q&A are also below.
I will leave you with one more thing- there is one last blog post coming related to something exciting for Khana Khazana. Should arrive on Friday or Saturday. So stay tuned for that.
Q: What is your inspiration to be a cook?
A: The chemistry of ingredients and varied possibilities with the same inspire me to experiment, cook and create.
Q: What motivated you to be a part of this unique experience Khana khazana?
A: The idea of bringing together our community for raising funds through a gastronomical avenues by the local chefs motivated me to join the bandwagon.
Q: Who is your role model in the kitchen?
A: My aai (mother) is my role model forever. She has the ability to make simple recipes into soul food, I idolize her for that always!
Q: What is that dish you vividly remember growing up seeing mom/dad/grandma/yyy cook and enjoy?
A: I grew up eating freshly cooked home made food made by my mom. My mother makes the traditional layer wheat roti everyday , that to date no one else (not even me) could replicate. Memories built around simple homey food stay forever:)
Q: What experiences shape how and what you cook- is it the place you are from, the city you grew up in, the place you currently live or anything else?
A: I was born and brought up in Bombay. The city's spirit has imbibed in me the enthusiasm, determination and urge to learn and explore. I love my chaats and Pav bhaaji but staying in US has added the different flavors from all over the world into my plate. Hence, the food I cook is a fusion of nuances from typical Brahmin cuisine to street foods to Thai, Italian, Mediterranean, Greek and others.
Q: Without naming the dish, what should people expect from you at Khana khazana?
A: Simple,seasonal, homey yet presentable food and a smiling face serving them with love :)