Michelin-starred Chef Hemant Mathur, Executive Chef and Owner at Haldi and Chola, teams up with his wife, pastry chef Surbhi Sahni, Owner at Bittersweet NYC, on behalf of the 2015 Taste Asia Food Fest and in partnership with the James Beard Foundation.
1. Specialty cocktail hour
2. Meet and greet with Chef Hemant and Chef Sahni
3. Lunch and dessert (authentic Bengali and Kerala cuisine)
Think traditional, authentic Bengali and Kerala Indian food dishes, brilliantly plated in a modern way, and scrumptions desserts with Indian flavors:
Sago Potato Cakes
Pickle aioli, katchumber salad
Robert Sinskey Pinot Gris Los Carneros 2012
Black Seabass Pollichathu
Steamed fish, crispy sweet potatoes, tomatoes, chillies
Pazo de Galegos Albarino 2014
Soft Shell Crab
Corn meal crusted, mango salsa
Portal Blanco Garnacha Blanca 2012
Pulled Dak Bunglow Chicken
Heirloom tomatoes, crispy spinach
La Antigua Clasico Crianza 2011
Pear chutney, Semolina pudding
Eighth Wonder Silver Tree Reserve Meritage 2013
mascerated berries, chocolate crumble
About Chef Hemant:
Those looking in from the sidelines at the formidable challenge of running no less than six of New York’s Indian restaurants at one time may be forgiven for confusing Michelin-starred Chef Hemant Mathur with a starry-eyed tenderfoot who’s bitten off more than he can chew. Yet Mathur is supremely well-poised to make a quick meal of this - and other culinary hurdles – for with Chef Mathur in the kitchen, success comes by the fistful. New York’s Devi became the city’s first restaurant to earn a Michelin star with Mathur at the helm and when he opened Tulsi, the very same mark of distinction ensued. You can find his newest fare at Haldi and Chola.
About Chef Surbhi:
Surbhi Sahni’s expertise and innovative spirit brings a unique perspective to modern Indian cuisine. Her creations are inspired by her childhood meals, her knowledge of Eastern and Western styles, and her experience in various New York restaurants for the past 15 years. She enjoys inventing desserts by using traditional Indian ingredients, such as curry leaf, cilantro, ginger and cardamom, and a blend of Indian, European and American pastry techniques.
When & Where
The largest and most diverse Asian Food Festival in North America, coming June 26, 27 and 28—is a celebration of the deep culinary arts of asian and asian-inspired cuisine.
2015 Asian Food Fest
Set in Times Square, Taste Asia is New York’s premier outdoor food festival—and more. Taste Asia chefs, including master chefs from around the world and some of New York’s finest, will showcase their abilities using Taste Asia’s trademark fully equipped outdoor kitchens—wowing the crowd and live television viewers. They will focus on ingredients and recipes that span across Asian countries and cultures. A host of Asian and Asian-inspired restaurants will be onsite to provide tastings, and a live stage featuring Asian cultural performances will round out the experience. The resulting celebration of Asian cuisine serves as a bridge connecting not only those countries, but also East and West, through the love of food and culture.
7 Years Ago
It all began humbly seven years ago in a Chinese restaurant on Manhattan’s Park Avenue, when New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television hosted the first International Chinese Culinary Competition. Since then, over 500 Chinese master chefs from around the world have come to New York for a chance to become the best. In 2014, NTD partnered with Epoch Times to produce Taste Asia, where the International Chinese Culinary Competition’s quest for the best Chinese food chef continues to be a key element.
Today Taste Asia is the largest Asian food festival in North America and the only live-cooking event at Times Square. The Taste Asia 2015 includes a two-day food festival (June 26-27), a day of Asian and Asian-inspired cooking and cultural performances (June 26), the grand finals of the 7th International Chinese Culinary Competition (June 27), and two affiliated Taste Asia banquets at James Beard House (June 28).