How do you know each other and have you both ever worked together before?
Alfred Prasad (AP): I first met Pascal at Taste of London many years ago and liked him instantly. He is a very talented chef and a fun person to know. We were comrades for Action Against Hunger’s India Cycle Challenge in Oct 2014. We were roommates for the10 days, and to share a fun but difficult adventure together really bonded our friendship even further.
Pascal Aussignac (PA): There was a good vibe on the trip and it was nice for me to have this kind of a partner in crime who was Indian because it was helpful for me to understand more about the country and know more about the dishes and the texture of the dishes.
Can you give us a taster of what you are concocting for the audience?
AP: I have designed a menu inspired by the very essence of the movie and some of the key moments in its story. Ideas I am working on are: ‘Masala omelette à la Alfred’ and ‘Chicken Tikka wrap’ to name a couple. But everything is still a work in progress.
PA: In the movie you’ve got a scene of an omelette being made with some Indian spices, and I think this is one of the highlights, because it’s like a revelation for the actress when she takes her first bite. The chef comes from India with no knowledge of French cuisine. It is the moment when she realises (even if she doesn’t want to say it) - that this guy is a superb and talented chef. I like this moment because an omelette is something very simple, but it is very technical, and not many chefs are able to make a proper one.