As food holidays become popular, cooking classes are becoming a fun way to explore a new city through a culinary route.
Holidays today are all about immersive experiences where you see a city in offbeat ways. And one of the best ways to understand the ethos of a city is through its cuisine. This is a key reason why Cooking classes are now being offered to tourists and guests as part of understanding a city’s culinary roots.
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Activities like cooking lessons also help build an interesting conversation as well as relationship between guests and chefs. Interestingly the response to such classes is very enthusiastic. Chef David Ansted, Executive Chef, Grand Hyatt Goa adds, “our chefs put in a lot of effort in bringing out the best recipes on the table. The Food at each of our restaurant is crafted with passion, love and great attention to detail. The biggest victory for the chef is when a guest requests for the recipe. Our guests often ask for what goes in the food that they are eating.” Fleur Soumer, Head, Sita Cultural Centre, Pondicherry avers, “food is the best way to discover about culture and since Pondicherry is a really multi-cultural city, people who are travelling here would love to explore it through cuisine. Food helps people to connect and share so this has been very important to us to spread it. Especially as we want people to really taste the true and traditional flavours of typical South Indian and French meals.”
An important aspect of many of the cooking classes is that they advocate that Ayurveda is a way of life which believes that prevention is better than cure and what you eat decides the quality of healthy life. Ayurveda never prescribes refrigerated food, since nature never intended us to consume anything other than what is available around us. “At Kairali – The Ayurvedic Healing Village we take daily cooking classes for our guests / patients. The format is similar to what you see taking place elsewhere, with the Healing Village Chef himself explaining about the ingredients and their benefits. Participants can try cooking themselves or take notes and ask questions. Our daily cooking regimes also help people understand that simply cooked food is not just tasty but also nutritious,” says Gita Ramesh, Joint Managing Director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group. Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition emphasises ideal food combining and explains why certain foods are incompatible. “At Naturoville, we organize weekly Ayurveda classes, where we teach the basic principles of Ayurvedic cuisine. At our cooking classes we teach the guests about common herbs and spices we use in Ayurveda cooking. We also give a general awareness of home remedies with Ayurveda herbs and spices. We also make the guests understand that Ayurveda does not exclude any major food groups but teach you how to prepare all types of food for optimal digestion and absorption. It is a food therapy that can be customised to the individual to optimize healing and boost energy rapidly,” explains De. Thomas Varghese, VP & Chief Consultant, Naturoville Ayurvedic and Yoga Retreat By Leisure Hotels Group. So the next time you holiday take the culinary route and discover the many joys of ingredients and cuisines.
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