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Meet The Chef

Chef Hafizullah Baig

Executive Chef, Royal Orchid Central - Paparazzi

 

Do you think Bangaloreans are taking to Tex Mex food?

It is still a new cuisine for Indians, to be honest. But I think diners will really like it if they try it out. Especially dishes like Chimichanga, which will really appeal to people here. Its got all our favourite ingredients - chicken, rice, beans and it is deep fried.

 

Which pasta sauces do guests like?

Of course the classic Pomodoro - tomato sauce is a favourite in India. But Indians also like cheesy sauces, though as you know we also like a bit of zing. This has led to the creation of the popular ‘pink sauce’.

 

Tell us more about the pink sauce

Pink sauce is a combination of the white sauce and the fiery red Arrabiata sauce. Hence the colour. As far as I know it is not at all present in Italy. It is an innovation very well liked in India. It goes well with short-cut pasta like Farfalle.

 

What are some Italian dishes guests should try more often?

The Italians love their Antipasti, these are appetizers consisting of cured meat like Smoked Ham, Cheeses, Olives - it’s nice. In terms of ingredients Sweet Basil is something I like to incorporate in my dishes to surprise customers.  

 

Which cuisine do you like personally?

Naturally I love Italian food, that is my passion. And being an Indian how can I not love the rich diversity in our own cuisine.

 

Which pasta sauces do guests like?

Of course the classic Pomodoro - tomato sauce is a favourite in India. But Indians also like cheesy sauces, though as you know we also like a bit of zing. This has led to the creation of the popular ‘pink sauce’.