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Chef Bernadine Fernandes Uses Local Ingredients In Goan Cuisine

Chef Bernadine Fernandes is the visiting chef from Goa. Chef Bernadine Fernandes is at JW Marriott for a Goan Food Festival. In conversation with Explocity, she talks about her passion for Goan cuisine.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Nagoa, a small village in Goa

What led you to become a chef?

Since my childhood I was always passionate about cooking and experimenting with new dishes. My love for cooking has been my driving factor to become a chef.

How long have you been a chef?

I have been a chef for 15 years in Taj Exotica Goa. And, post that I retired. But, that has never stopped me from practicing my passion.

What do you enjoy more? Cooking or creating?

I enjoy both actually. Cooking is fun, when we can create new dishes with the locally available ingredients.

Do you feel there is a virtue in preserving the authenticity of cuisine?

I strongly believe we should preserve the authenticity of the Goan cuisine that is what makes this cuisine so unique.

What dish do you like eating the most?

I love Pork Vindaloo- a Goan dish. And, it’s a must try for you too.

What’s your least favorite dish?

There’s no particular dish that I dislike as such. But I am not a great fan of sweets.

How long have you been in Bangalore?

I haven’t been in Bengaluru for a long time. It’s my second visit to Bengaluru. In total maybe four days and I already love this place.


Do you like it here?

I am loving my stay in Bengaluru. Especially JW Marriott Bengaluru has a great team of chefs and associates. It is indeed a great place for me. And, I am looking forward to create and cook delicious dishes from Goan Cuisine, in the 10 day long Goan Food Festival.