Interview with Chef Vikas Khanna

Vikas Khanna MasterChef India

Michelin starred Indian Chef Vikas Khanna was in Ahmedabad to promote his ongoing TV show Junior MasterChef – Swaad Ke Ustaad which airs on Star Plus.

Chef Vikas Khanna along with 3 contestants Soham, Khyati and Sanya were in Ahmedabad to not only talk about their show but were also here to be a part of Har Shehar ka Junior MasterChef which is an on ground event to connect children with the on-air show.

But what happens when The Hottest Chef of America visits Ahmedabad? Interviews him exclusively! Here are excerpts from the interview with him.

Tell us about your views on television in India.

TV is like religion in India. Everyone follows it. If there is any festival, all TV shows depict it.

How is MasterChef India different from MasterChef formats abroad?

The Australian version is the best but MasterChef India performs better and is more popular with the sheer fact of its population. Thus, even though MasterChef is a cookery show, it is placed on prime time on Star Plus to compete with dance and singing reality shows.

Moreover, Khanna is such an essential part of our history. Thus, in this show, we are trying to showcase Indian recipes on the show. We have also modified the show to match the sensibilities of the country. We definitely draw inspiration from MasterChef Australia. But we can’t show aunties rolling out perfect pies on Indian television.

Tell us about your experience so far in Junior MasterChef.

Chef Vikass Khanna
Chef Vikas Khanna

The kids on the show don’t understand competition. They encourage each other and clap for each other. This is very different from the regular MasterChef .

Any particular cooking trends you see among children?

Little girls are fascinated with making cupcakes. We have had so many girls bake cupcakes for the auditions!

Did you expect the kids to be cooking French cuisines and Thai dishes in the auditions?

Frankly, I was pleasantly surprised. When I was their age, I could just make rotis. But these kids are fantastic. They know about world cuisine. They learn alot through Google and YouTube. Gordon Ramsay inspires children, which is something I didn’t expect from such little children.

You prediction for this season of ‘Junior MasterChef – Swaad Ke Ustaad’

A child who listens and is adaptable will do really well in this season. As a viewer, lookout for the kids and their imagination in the show.

In the Janmashtmi episode that we were shooting little chefs preparing special dishes for Lord Krishna. One of them innocently said that all children are a form of God and children love Maggie, thus God would also love it! One of them prepared a chocolate cake for Lord Krishna, as it was his birthday! This is the level of creativity embroidered with innocence on the show.

You are an amazing food writer! Tell us about your next book.

I am launching a book Young Chefs which will comprise of 88 recipes that can be prepared by children. Penguin India is the publisher and we plan to launch it on Children’s Day (14th November 2013). It was a challenge to create a recipe book for children. I have made sure to keep minimum text and more pictures. Every step is shown through the medium of photographs. The book is visually rich with every recipe having at least 6 images.

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