‘Food porn star’ Indian chef gives fine dining a twist – BBC News

Gaggan Anand, the executive chef and owner of a two Michelin-starred Indian restaurant, uses hyper-modern cooking techniques to take Indian street food to new heights.

His self-named restaurant in Bangkok has topped Asia’s best restaurants list for the past four years.

Filmed and edited by Danny Bull; produced by Thanyarat Doksone; series produced by Pamela Parker.

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  1. How to convert ordinary dish to fine dining western restaurant quality:-. reduce the portion size to 1/4th and , increase butter , cream and cheese content by 2x and to put the food in center of a big plate…! And increase the price by 3x….

  2. Wait, so what is the twist here?

    If the supposed twist is that he's making Indian food, then it's only a twist if you start out assuming Indian food cannot be fine dining, which is a terribly bigoted sentiment to begin with

  3. Such great passion in what he do that makes him successful. Fuck all the snowflakes in this comment section. He is earning way more than you and he is obviously happy doing it.

  4. Ummmmm… The desi's obsession with aping the west, blindly. Personified. Trying to sound cool coz yayyy… the word porn was used🤦‍♀️ embarrassing really.

  5. The people in these comments are some of the stupidest people. Porn means excess. It means the height of indulgence and luxury. Feeling horny? Watch a gangbang with the most attractive girl which you will never have in real life. Go to Gaggans restaurant and you will have food that is the height of luxury and fine dining. Porn is a euphemism for overindulgence

  6. Calling food porn is normalisation and mainstreaming of porn.
    Such a degradation of human society.
    Porn/sex seems to have become the center of their existence.
    Shame om you.

  7. For those unaware you can find out more about Gaggans on Netflixs chefs table season 2 episode 6. I was lucky enough to go last year. It's a 26 dish tasting menu all inspired by Indian street food. Each course is described on the menu by emojis and the chefs table is an experience like no other as you see all the dishes prepared and described by the man himself. The evening involves music and theatre and 'orgasmic' food that you will never forget.

  8. IS HE REALLY CLOSING DOWN THIS YEAR??? I can’t travel this year to Bangkok due to Covid19! Not that this is so important or high in my life priorities but does anyone know if he really is closing 2020?

  9. MICHELIN GUIDE IS HAPPY TO RECCOMEND A CHEF/ RESTAURANT COMMITTING FOOD CRIMES. READ BELOW ABOUT CHEF KARUNESH KHANNA AND TAMARIND RESTAURANT.

    His haute cuisine curries have delighted David Beckham and Charlize Theron, but Michelin-starred chef Karunesh Khanna has admitted using shop-bought chicken powder to flavour his acclaimed dishes.
    The revelations emerged during an employment tribunal case brought by employees.
    After six staff members complained, Mr Khanna – who trained at The Dorchester, Four Seasons, The Ritz and Claridge's hotels – told one manager: 'Guests don't need to know. ‘I don’t want a restaurant full of people wearing burkha's'.
    But the top chef 'made it clear that he was not going to disclose the use of Knorr chicken powder to guests', prompting restaurant general manager to resign in disgust, the tribunal heard.
    The executive chef of the upmarket Tamarind chain of Indian restaurants also allegedly used the Knorr powder in vegetarian and vegan and halal meals but failed to tell customers that they contained meat, according to legal papers.
    The tribunal heard that when the row reached Tamarind director Fateh Dhaliwal, he backed his chef and said: 'Those members of staff need to be phased out.'
    The judge said Mr Dhaliwal 'didn't want anyone interfering with KK's [Karunesh Khanna's] cooking as it was so important to FD [Fateh Dhaliwal] to have a Michelin star chef for the refurbished restaurant'
    dailymail.co.uk

    Michelin-starred Karunesh Khanna, a chef of Indian-origin, used chicken as an ingredient in vegetarian, halal and vegan dishes without informing the customers.
    According to a report in Surrey-based publication Personnel, the Central London Employment Tribunal heard that the staff concerned were working at Tamarind Kitchen, "one of three Tamarind outlets in the capital specialising in upmarket Indian cuisine".
    The news about Khanna''s secret ingredient broke after six staff members of Tamarind Kitchen complained that Khanna told one manager: "Guests don''t need to know what ingredients" were used.
    Flouting a major vegan rule, Michelin-starred chef Karunesh Khanna, has been accused of allegedly putting chicken stock cubes in his vegan and vegetarian dishes without telling customers in London, as per International news reports."the customers need not know" is outright cheating. It is criinal offence, and that too deliberate..
    outlookindia.com

    Tamarind Collection removed three members of staff from the restaurant after they complained that Michelin-starred chef Karunesh Khanna was using Knorr chicken powder in vegetarian, vegan and halal dishes without informing customers, an employment tribunal has heard.
    According to official documents two assistant restaurant managers were made redundant after complaining about the chef's use of Knorr chicken stock powder in both meat and vegetarian dishes at Tamarind Kitchen. The managers claimed that the ingredient was not disclosed to customers or referenced in allergen documents.

    thecaterer.com

    A Michelin-starred chef allegedly put Knorr chicken stock cubes in his vegan and vegetarian dishes without telling customers they contained meat.
    Karunesh Khanna, who has cooked for A-list stars such as footballer David Beckham and Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, told a manager that "guests don't need to know" after six workers complained, legal papers claim.
    Mr Khanna, executive chef of the Tamarind chain of Indian restaurants, admitted using shop-bought chicken stock to flavour his dishes.
    The allegations emerged during an employment tribunal case brought by an assistant manager who lost his job after he alerted bosses about the use of the cubes. mirror.co.uk

    SHOCKING: Michelin-starred chef Karunesh Khanna admits adding 'chicken stock cubes' to vegan dishes saying, 'guests need not know'
    republicworld.com

    Karunesh Khanna, executive chef at the Tamarind chain of Indian restaurants, failed to tell customers that the meals contained animal products, say legal papers.
    The details were revealed during an employment tribunal, which was brought by former assistant manager, who lost his job when he told restaurant bosses about the chicken stock.
    Chicken in vegan meals
    The tribunal was told that a manager asked a sous chef that the use of chicken stock be disclosed to serving staff. Khanna refused, saying 'guests don't need to know',
    Concerns were raised about potentially serving animal products to vegans and vegetarians, and also about the issue of serving non-halal chicken stock cubes to strict Muslims.
    When Tamarind director Fateh Dhaliwal heard about the row, he said 'those members of staff need to be phased out' – meaning the ones who were concerned about the use of animal ingredients, in vegan, vegetarian meals.
    plantbasednews.org

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