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Bangalore's Masterchef - The New Indian Express
Bangalore-based chef Abhijit Saha is looking forward to cooking at one of the events in the run up to Nita Mukesh Ambani’s grand 50th birthday bash on November 1 in Jodhpur. Yet his calm demeanour betrays no sign of nervousness or anxiety, just pure, unadulterated excitement. Well, rustling up exclusive meals for celebrities may not be anything new for this much-feted chef, but success—even after all these years of topping the game—has clearly not gone to his head. “You are as good as your last dish,” he says, modestly. All of 43, Saha already has two stand-alone restaurants in Bangalore and is looking forward to his next venture which would be about Indian cuisine.
Saha has also studied Oenology (wine tasting) at the Johnson and Wales University, US, on a scholarship. His keen interest in wines has taken him all over the world. He’s the immediate past president of The Bangalore Wine Club and a founding member of The Wine Society of India.
Before choosing to become an entrepreneur, Saha worked as director of food and services and executive chef with The Park Hotels; as executive chef with The Manor, New Delhi, and with the Taj Group of Hotels in Delhi, where he started his career as kitchen management trainee in 1990. He remembers those salad days as an exciting time when he was made in charge of quality control and had to examine 1,200 kg of onions, massive amounts of tomatoes and huge quantities of fruit. “I was happy to be handling such responsibility at a young age,” he says.
Saha worked at the luxurious Orient Express at the Taj in New Delhi which he remembers as an incredibly rewarding experience. In December 2000, he moved to Bangalore to work at The Park. Back then, it was a daring move by any yardstick. Bangalore was still a sleepy town and Saha believes that it was The Park and The Leela that galvanised the food scene in Bangalore. He set up four restaurants at The Park-Monsoon, Aqua, Italia and I bar.
Wine Society of India Chairman jets in for series of events with ITC Hotels ... - Indian Wine Portal (blog)
This revelation came as a major shock to the French wine industry, but also came as a major boost to the struggling Californian wine industry who till that moment, did not believe that they could compete with French wine. California now produces some of the finest wine in the world. Steven was introduced to the potential of India as a wine market, and Indian wine, through Rajeev Samant, the Founder of Sula. “Few people know that it was Rajeev Samant, at a conference in Paris in 2004 on the future of wine in “emerging countries”, who inspired me to co-found the Wine Society of India. With over 6,000 active members across India, the Wine Society is the largest retailer of imported wines in the country and here we are, co-hosting this Taste & Buy Event with the very same Rajeev Samant, founder of Sula Wines. Both Sula and the Wine Society of India are opening up the market for good to drink, affordable wines, for a glass (or two) of wine, as I know so well myself, is one of life’s civilized pleasures.
Steven will be hosting an event for Wine Society Members at Vinoteca on the 28th of October. The Wine Society and Sula will be showcasing 10 wines on the evening. Following the get-together with Members at Vinoteca by Sula, Steven will be hosting back-to-back dinners in Mumbai and Delhi on the 28th and 29th of October, in association with the ITC and Fratelli. The ITC Grand Central in Mumbai will host the first dinner, with the second being hosted at the ITC Grand Maratha in Delhi. Reva Singh will attend the dinner in Delhi, on behalf of Sommelier India Magazine. “When I hosted the first Wine Society of India Dinner here in Mumbai/Delhi back in 2007, it was a small affair with just a dozen guests. Tonight we are 60, with a long waiting list, but it is good to keep these dinner somewhat intimate, so the guests can meet each other and I and the Wine Society of India staff can meet them. Wine, apart from its aromas and flavours that blend so well with food, is all about communication, even conviviality, sharing the moment. I would like to give special thanks to Sonal Holland in charge of the Wine Programme at ITC Hotels for partnering us this evening in such a lovely ambience that will certainly add to our enjoyment of the menu and the wines.
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10 Ways To Luxe It Up - Outlook
Everyone knows this, right? The more money there is in the market, the more it remains in circulation, the better things are for everyone. Stop sulking and go spend that moolah you’ve been stashing away. It’ll make you feel good, your kids will love you, and a diamond really is your wife’s best friend.
Think back to the last few years, when all real estate ads were about “affordable” housing. That phase seems to be petering out, with high-end, designer homes coming back to command the market. This is especially true in Mumbai, where the Lodha Group is creating iconic living complexes with Giorgio Armani, Jade Jagger and others, and Aishwarya Rai is batting for villas by the sea. Why now? Because everyone and their aunt will tell you that the prices are low. And if the savings on a 6,000 sq ft designer apartment add up to a few crores, it’s worth it for the monies you will want to spend on your Porthault linen and Limoges porcelain.
There’s no better sense of spending power than when you move on to your next pair of wheels. The power cars are still Mercedes and BMW, but have you noticed how you get a once-over when emerging from an Audi, which is rapidly turning into everyone’s favourite? For my money, the new Audi A8 is on my wishlist. Can’t afford it? Then you shouldn’t be reading this page — but, if you don’t mind a “slightly used” one-year-old, you’ll get it for almost half the price. If that’s good enough for a couple of CEOs I know, it ought to be just as good for you.
Read up on your wine, do your tastings, learn the difference between a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir. There’s something seductive about a man who knows his wines, so invest in a wine cooler, join the Wine Society of India for their quarterly selections, learn to “air” your reds and chill your whites to the last correct decimal and do a SWOT analysis on how South African, Australian, Californian and Chilean wines compare with the French, Italian and Spanish natives.
Sula introduces Nasika label in UK with Direct Wines - Indian Wine Academy
Sula catches the urban Indian family's imagination – The Daily Star - Indian Wine Portal (blog)
Sula, which has a 70 percent share of India’s wine market, is using the vineyard visits to this end. The company says 600 to 700 day-trippers or resort guests drop by each weekend for a tour, a meal or a drink on the balcony bar.
The mixed clientele on a recent Saturday suggested that wine’s appeal is broadening: motorbikes as well as BMWs filled the car park, while some women in saris and others in jeans enjoyed the sunset views.
The mixed clientele on a recent Saturday suggested that wine’s appeal is broadening: motorbikes as well as BMWs filled the car park, while some women in saris and others in jeans enjoyed the sunset views. “They’re coming with their families and they’re open to the idea of wine,” said Sula’s hospitality executive Swapnil Dangarikar.
Much of the surging demand is said to be driven by women, who have rising disposable incomes and see wine as a more sophisticated and socially acceptable drink than beer or whisky.
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