India vs Pakistan…Not a cricket match…. It’s time for “Foodistan”

For the first time in the history of television, the Chefs from India and Pakistan are going to fight for the title of “Foodistan“. Yes you read it right, it will not be fought on a Hockey field nor on a Cricket field; it will be fought in a Kitchen. Its a battle for culinary supremacy between India and Pakistan. FOODISTAN includes the 16 best chefs from the culturally flavored INDIA and PAKISTAN (8 each). The 26 part series will be hosted by IRA DUBEY and ALY KHAN. Show’s judges include VEER SANGHVI eminent food critic SONYA JEHAN bollywood actress of French Pakistani descent and MERRILEES PARKER popular British chef.

Some call it “The first ever cross-border cook-off between the best chefs from India and Pakistan” Foodistan format includes, team challenges and individual tasks, which are judged on a total of 10 points. The second episode features a team challenge in which the chefs are asked to cook a basic meal of curry, kebab, biryani and dessert. India and Pakistan are two nations who share a common passion for good food. So this show is all set to take the advantage of this, and take this show to a new level.

Following are the Chefs who are all set to face each-other in this unique competition:

Chefs from India:

Madhumita Mohanta –  India today, a leading magazine, named Madhumita as one of the kitchen queens of the country. Madhumita has worked in countries like Singapore, Bahrain and Kuwait before she joined the Claridges, Surajkund, India, where she is known to be a strict boss with a caring heart

Nimish Bhatia –  Nimish is always in search of new culinary styles, but truly believes that food tastes the best when it is in its original form. He has pioneered the concept of ‘Thande Kebabs’ a USP in his restaurants.

Girish Krishnan –   He was Awarded the “Chef of the year”, 2008 by FHRAI. He strongly believes that alternating a traditional dish makes it lose its authenticity and real flavour.

Mehraj Ul Haque –  Mehraj ’s story began in his hometown Lucknow, where he spent countless hours cooking alongside his father at their family catering business. He is the man behind the mouthwatering Kebabs of “The Great Kebab Factory”, Radisson.

Manish Mehrotra – He has now brought in his unique inventive vision in creating a path breaking menu at the Indian Accent, the fine dining restaurant at The Manor (New Delhi). The Manor has been celebrated by all food critics with the crowning story of it being ‘The Best Modern Indian Restaurant’.

Karan Suri –  Travelling all over India, because of his family’s army background, Karan Suri has learnt about cuisine from all over the country. Karan possesses abilities in a wide variety of international styles including classical and contemporary French, traditional and contemporary Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, Japanese and molecular gastronomy.

Rajeev Arora –  He has led restaurants to win awards and is now busy overseeing the opening of two new food outlets at the Oakwood Premiere in Pune

Sunil Chauhan – He has opened a fast food restaurant called ‘Served Hot’ in Delhi. In the last 4 years, Chef Sunil Chauhan has been traveling extensively and researching home cooked Indian food as a healthier option to be introduced into the mainstream.

Chefs from Pakistan:

Poppy Agha –  She has been cooking for the last 17 years. Influenced and inspired by her grandmother, Poppy has in-depth knowledge of several cuisines, specializing in Pakistani, South Indian, French, Italian, and Thai

Akhtar Rehman –  Working with Marriott, Islamabad; he has many signature dishes like “Murgh Zandan”, “Gola Kebab with dry nuts” “Qazi Kebab” to his credit. 11 years since his first job, Akhtar has received many appreciation certificates from Marriott for his ability to cook traditional and classical Pakistani dishes and delicacies.

Amir Iqbal – With 9 years of industry experience, Amir is also a visiting faculty at many culinary institutes in Pakistan. He started his career as a trainee waiter and in such a short span has been able to carve a place for himself.

Mohammad Ikram –  A specialized dumpukht chef, he loves cooking Chinese delicacies as well. Dedicated, hard-working and committed, Md. Ikram is a soft-spoken person at work who has 12 years of cooking to his credit.

Mohammad Naeem –  Currently, at the position of the Executive Chef at Park Plaza, Lahore his vast experience and wisdom comes from managing, heading and assisting many restaurants in U.S.A., Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Dubai, Indonesia and Pakistan.

Mehmood Akhtar – His initial years were spent in “Mahmood Syeed Sakhery’s Palace” in Saudi Arabia where he was preparing scrumptious Arabian delicacies. He enjoys cooking variants of traditional mutton and chicken dishes. He is also an expert in Continental and Chinese cuisine

Noor Khan –  He is associated with ATV and is currently working on setting up a restaurant in Karachi. He has been in the industry for the past 12 years. He can also prepare mouthwatering dishes of any French, Italian or Thai menu.

Muhammad Saqib –  Muhammad Saqib, is the younget participant representing Pakistan on Foodistan. He is the only Pakistani chef based in New Delhi.
So get ready for a food fight between the best cooks from India and Pakistan on Foodistan. Launches on January 23rd, 2012, Monday to Wednesday 9:30 pm. Do let us know if this is yet another cooking show or is more than that. Your comments are always welcomed. Happy Viewing.

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