Celebrity Cruises partnered with Great British Chefs and the iconic Everyman Cinemas for the first ever Silver Screen Cuisine, featuring a screening of “The Hundred-Foot Journey” alongside a specially prepared menu from two Michelin-starred chefs, Pascal Aussignac (Club Gascon) and Alfred Prasad (formerly Executive Chef at Tamarind). TTF catch up with Alfred Prasad.
In 2015, after 13 years with The Tamarind Collection, Alfred moved on from his position as Executive Chef in order to work on his own venture. Previously Alfred Prasad's restaurant Tamarind of Mayfair was the first Indian restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star, and remains one of only six on the continent to hold one. Prasad rose to the position of executive chef just a year after joining Tamarind as a sous chef. Born in Southern India, he trained in Madras before moving on to the ITC Maurya Sheraton in Delhi. At Tamarind, Prasad has created award-winning menus built on balanced flavours and precision spicing, exploring both Northern and Southern Indian dishes and Moghul-inspired, traditional clay oven recipes.
1) If you could only cook with 3 ingredients for the rest of your life which would they be?
Alfred: If I had to pick only 3 flavours it would be Ginger, Green Chilli and Black Peppercorns.
2) What's your favourite cuisine and what drink would you have with it?
Alfred: Apart from Indian cuisines, I love Italian for its versatility in gastro-comfort food. A glass or two of Gaja Rossj-Bass Chardonnay would be perfect.
3) When you’re not dishing out your tasty treats, what do you like doing to let your hair down?
Alfred: I enjoy playing tennis and also enjoy photography and gardening. I am also a science and wildlife geek.
4) Who would be in your fantasy dinner party? (fiction & non-fiction)
Alfred: Since I am in Greece at the moment, I would start with Zorba the Greek who could bring alive any party! Steve Irwin, Tarla Dalal, Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Roger Federer, Sachin Tendulkar, Dennis Bergkamp, Harold Mc Gee, Bill Bryson and Remy (the rat from ratatouille.)
5) Where do you find inspiration for your dishes from? Would you say you pick up most of your inspiration when travelling?
Inspirations could be found just everywhere. We just have to keep our minds open to finding them. Travels offer great insights into food cultures and are truly inspirational. I also find it fascinating to see how the same produce is used differently by other cultures.
6) What scenes from the movie inspired you? If you could create dishes inspired by any other movie, which one would you chose?
Alfred: I loved the omelette test in which the madame cooks as per Hassan’s recipe. I loved the character of Mr Kadam – his unwavering belief in his own cuisine, not cowering one bit to the more fashionable neighbour.
I enjoyed Ratatouille and Sideways so would pick them.
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