Blog Event | BlogAdda Food Workshop with Chef Saby & his team at Olive Qutub, with Juberfam & Mittal

“Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.”
Marcus Tulius Cicero

Blogadda Workshop @ Olive, 22Sep 2012, Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiCan’t believe we’re already looking at the end of September. A sense of panic hits me at this time every year; why does time fly so? Hard to believe that October is knocking at the door, still so much to do and so much pending work! Hanging on to the wings of time, here’s a post that’s on my list-of-things-to-do FAST – Cook & Style with Chef Saby, Chef Saurabh & Chef Astha.Blogadda Workshop @ Olive, DelhiIt was a food workshop jointly hosted by BlogAdda.com, Juberfam & Mittal & Olive Qutub. As promised, it was an afternoon of fun, food art, food tips, recipes demos, live cooking, pizza tossing, meeting other food bloggers and food enthusiasts.Blogadda Workshop @ Olive, DelhiThis was Blogaddas first foray into the real world in north India, and the workshop followed two recently held similar events in Bangalore & Mumbai. I was fortunate to be interviewed by Blogadda a while ago, and was glad to finally meet the face behind my earlier interaction, the affable Harish! Sagarika was there too, and she joined Harish in playing the perfect host!

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Juberfam & Mittal gourmet products It was also an opportunity to experience a gourmet range of products from Juberfam & Mittal, which is bringing in high quality products essentially from Spain to India for the F & B industry as well as the FMCG consumer. The line includes the best quality of Olive Oil & Olive fruit, Pate & Sea Salts, Tuna Fish in Olive Oil,  Cold Cuts,  Smoked Paprika, Beverages, Natural Cosmetics.Chef Saby, Chef Saurabh & Chef AsthaChef Saby and his talented team entertained us that afternoon. Olive is known for being ever professional. Saby, ‘the man with the midas touch’ as I call him, regaled us with his stories while taking us through an excellent session of food art. That the man is amazing is an understatement, oft repeated, yet proven time & again!Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiOlive is quintessentially charming. Dappled sunlight on soft arm chairs. A white pebbled courtyard punctuated by bougainvillea, that stands under a vast canopy of the Banyan tree. It is home to warm and casual elegance. This Moghul mansion turned alfresco Mediterranean restaurant was rated as one of the world’s best new restaurants by Conde Nast Traveler.Chef Saby,Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiAt the helm of affairs is one of India’s best rated chefs, Sabyasachi Gorai, or as popularly called Chef Saby! Conferred the Best Chef of India by the President of India in 2012, he never ceases to amaze … and never tires of keeping his guests entertained!Blogadda Workshop @ Olive, 22Sep 2012, Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiEvery visit to Olive throws up something new about him. This time he astounded us with his food art demonstration. Edible art at it’s creative best, you could see that he belongs to a family of artists, and is a graduate in art and management! So many feathers to his cap!!Chef Saby,Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, Delhi

Art of the plate is a form of expression of a modern day food artist who is also a chef”

Art on a pate - Chef Saby,Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiAt Olive it’s called ‘Art on the plate‘, a plate of food you could eat with your eyes, a story that you connect with instantly … and a window into Saby’s interesting world! The winter dessert with snowman was created from one such experience, and this platter forms the Olive winter dessert on a plate.  CUTE little snowman with bellies FULL of rum and raisins, a triple chooclate mousse tree, whipped cream snow and marzipan fir trees!Art on a pate - Chef Saby,Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiThen there was the main course  monsoon platter with a herb marinated grilled fish with tomato mousse and smoked paprika from Juberfam & Mittal, beautifully plated on a ‘Gurgaon’ stone. The surprise element was a fishing net made of egg that covers the platter. A light drizzle of red caviar completed the dramatic look!Blogadda Workshop @ Olive, 22Sep 2012, Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiThe menu that afternoon celebrated some of Jubarfam & Mittals best offerings. The winners were clearly the vinegars based in fruit pulp. Creativity packaged in pretty bottles, the flavours celebrated tomato, passion fruit and mango! We had some whisked with olive oil in a dressing that Chef Saurabh made. Excellent!Close second was the range of infused extra virgin olive oils . Saby cooked up a simple pasta with garlic and chilly infused EVOO. Simplicity at it’s best with flavours that made you sit up and take notice! We also sampled some excellent La Chinata Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Olives famous pav bread. Paired with sea salt, it was  a marriage made in heaven! {was happy to note that Juberfam & Mittal are bringing only extra virgin olive oil into India, and not pomace. } Exotic Mushroom Risotto,  Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiThe best risotto ever, Exotic Mushroom Risotto was served once again {like at our last visit}. It forms part of the handpicked Mediterranean classic dishes that appear on the menu put together by Chef Saby.  Keeping us good company that afternoon was alcohol free wine Enmia Zero, though the Sangria was quite popular too!Blogadda Workshop @ Olive, 22Sep 2012, Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhITowards the end we had a little talk on food blogging by yours truly where I talked a little about blogging tips, focus, my inspiration, carbon footprint, food photography, recipes, content and quality of content on food blogs.Apple Cinnamon Quark CakeI spoke about the fall cake above that I made inspired by the season, apples and my love for making soft cheese especially quark and mascarpone. The layered cake is a recipe I developed recently for an ongoing project … and it was really really nice {if I may say so myself}!Blogadda Workshop @ Olive, 22Sep 2012, Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhIRekha was also a panelist and she discussed food photography, her forte being to make healthy food look good, her journey into food blogging and basic rules of a good photograph. The session ended with Ritu, an author who spoke about her experience with getting her books published {she writes fiction and is 2 books old, and on her way to completing two more}. Her insights were invaluable for anyone who might be considering writing a book. Desserts,Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiIt was then time for dessert and once again it showcased the immense talent that Saby and his team hone! Each dessert was a showstopper. I had a dark chocolate mousse {thanks to sweet Astha who got me a serving as I was very busy talking}, and then a piece of carrot cake I grabbed after Saby said he uses only butter in his carrot cake! Divine! Pizza, Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, Delhi

Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mehrauli, DelhiThe evening ended with a pizza tossing session at the open wood fired oven in the white bricked courtyard. Wonderful experience with Saby who held court sharing tales of pizza tossing competitions, training, his experiences and much more!Blogadda Workshop @ Olive, DelhiIt was time to bid adieu and we left with Juberfam and Mittal goodie bags with EVOO, alcohol free wine, olives and the wonderful wonderful smoked paprika, and Chef Saby’s famous bottle cake & handmade chocolates. {I cooked with the paprika today. Made chicken & mushroom puff pastry pie. The paprika smoked with oak wood smoke has an amazing aroma, and is used in some of the finest kitchens across the globe.}

Thank you Blogadda {Harish & Sagarika}, Olive {Saby, Saurabh & Astha} and Juberfam & Mittal {Mr & Mrs Mittal} for playing such wonderful hosts. It was a memorable afternoon indeed!

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