Saransh Goila, India’s youngest celebrity chef and winner of the Indian equivalent of Masterchef, spent three days of his nine-day trip to Britain in the White Rose county and found himself in North Yorkshire’s farming heartlands.
The chef hosts India’s biggest food travelogue show and his UK experience targeted young Indians back home in order to give them an insight into British food culture and the wide variety of cuisines on offer as well as giving tutorials some of its most famous dishes, with an Indian twist.
His trip was organised by local gourmet food trail company Yorkshire Food Finder and tourism agencies Visit Britain and Welcome to Yorkshire.
Sue Nelson, founder of Yorkshire Food Finder, said: “This is a first for us, and possibly for Indian TV but we are delighted to have been asked to use our expertise to debut some of Yorkshire’s most delicious foods, producers and chefs to an Indian audience. It’s a real honour to work with chef Saransh who has a huge following among young foodie professionals in India and put Yorkshire food on the map internationally.”
Mr Goila teamed up with Andrew Pern of The Star Inn at Harome, near Helmsley, where they cooked Duncombe Park venison with a little cottage pie, creamed kale grown in The Star garden and Yorkshire ham juices. He also tried the Two Chefs beer created by Andrew and James Mackenzie and brewed at The Great Yorkshire Brewery in the village of Cropton in Ryedale.
James Mackenzie of The Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton helped the visiting chef to cooked Staal Smokehouse sea trout fillet with beurre noisette and samphire. The pair cooked outside in the garden with a wedding party looking on.
While John Rudden, of Grassington House Hotel, cooked with his guest at the lakeside in Kilnsey Park. They whipped up a rainbow trout caught in the lake, served with ginger, chilli, tomato concasse and coriander.
Mr Goila also made a Summerfield alpine style cheese with cheese maker Alastair Pearson at Botton Creamery on the North York Moors, picked apples in the orchard at Ampleforth Abbey during the apple harvest, and saw how Justin Staal, of Staal Smokehouse, Hull, smokes his products and slices his sides of salmon.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’re sure Yorkshire Food Finder and all the great places Saransh visited gave him our famous warm Yorkshire welcome.
“Yorkshire produce is gaining a growing global reputation for its outstanding quality, so I’m sure he had a great time.”