The diversity and richness of Indian culture is aptly represented by the variety of cuisines across the country, enriched further by the interplay of different spices. The capital played host to an elite gathering comprising 18 chefs of Heads of State for the Annual General Assembly of ‘Le Club des Chefs des Chefs’ (CCC). The delegate list included the personal chefs to US President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II of UK, Francois Hollande, President, France and Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
The chefs showed particular interest in learning about the different spices used in Indian food and savoured the best of Indian street food including gol gappas and aloo tikkis. Their itinerary included a visit to Khari Baoli in Old Delhi, which is said to be the largest spice market in Asia. This club was started by French chef Gilles Bragard in 1977. India is a member of CCC for three decades, but this is the first time this meeting is taking place in India. The association promotes mutual understanding of cuisines of different countries while ensuring that the plate remains healthy.