New Delhi: Chef Vikas Khanna has become the face of a new show, which offers a look into mammoth kitchens of India where tons of food is prepared for thousands of people in a span of a day. “India’s Megakitchens” that premiers on National Geographic from June 22 features five of the country’s biggest kitchens — Dharmasthala in Karnataka, Shirdi in Maharashtra, Taj Sats in Delhi, the IRCTC main kitchen in Noida and Akshaya Patra in Hubli.
“It was a whole new experience to see the scale, processes and technology used and the large quantities of food that is prepared every day. It is difficult to get into these kitchens and know what goes on inside,” Khanna told PTI.
The Michelin-starred chef, says “it is extremely difficult to get into these megakitchens and to know what goes on inside.” The show focuses on the scale, volume, technology and process of cooking in the mega kitchens and promises to take viewers on journeys that will give them a first-hand account of the emotion, stress and fun of the people behind it all – the pressure, precision and purpose of feeding the many thousands of people on a daily basis.
The Amritsar-born Khanna, who is also a restaurateur says despite mass produced foods and snacks becoming popular favourites in India fine dining continues to have its own loyal following. “Each has its own purpose and appeals to completely different sets of people and each is a different experience altogether,” says Khanna.