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In the chef’s shoes

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Hemant Oberoi, who has cooked for the Obamas, on hosting a television show and what keeps him going.

Chef Hemant Oberoi may have travelled to all corners of the world and dined at the fanciest of restaurants, but it’s the meat curry and dal served in the dhabasof Punjab that are his favourites till date. “A simple meal consisting of dal chawaland sabzi or fish is what I enjoy eating,” says Oberoi, who’s created scrumptious meals for a host of celebrity clientèle, right from the Obamas and Margaret Thatcher to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

The former chef, with over 40 years of experience with the Taj group of hotels, now has a television show titled Food Memoirs on Living Foodz. Each episode sees him talk about his food memories. “The show gives me an opportunity to revisit some past experiences and dishes I have cooked for such personalities over the years,” he says.

Oberoi has been in the profession for years now and says this was his destiny. Over the years, he has seen various food trends come in; while some stayed, many fizzled out. Good and delicious natural food, well-presented in a neat and perfect manner, is something that will never go out of fashion, he believes.

Food Memoirs with Chef Hemant Oberoi airs on Wednesday and Thursday night at 8 pm on Living Foodz.

 

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