Day: February 9, 2016

Top CEOs of the country, adorn chef hats for a social cause…!!

Top CEOs of the country, adorn chef hats for a social cause…!!

The afternoon of 6th February, saw 9 CEOS of the country come together, not to discuss business plans with presentations or to crack deals with their negotiations, but they came forward and together for a cause. They came together, to support Genesis Foundation, which has been working for critically ill underprivileged children since 2001. It was the 9th season of this annual event organised by Genesis, and the money raised through the event goes towards the medical treatment of these children. It was a great cause, and a great event too, because the CEOs were not doing their bit by just donating money, it was different, the CEOs came together and put their culinary skills to practice for raising funds for this cause.
They adorned chef hats and cooked and served a number of guests, who were especially invited for the event. Ms. Prema Sagar, Founder of Genesis, was overwhelmed with the turn out at the event as she deeply connects with the cause.

The ambience of the event was perfect, bright sunny afternoon, open lawns of Crowne Plaza, Gurgaon and some great music by an energetic band.
Different cuisine stalls were handled by different CEOs and when the cause and intentions behind cooking are good, the food has to turn out awesome.

The first counter belonged to Lebanese Cuisine and the chef behind the counter was Mr. Sanjay Modi, MD Monster India. “I have been learning cooking since a month now, and have tried my hands at making Aaloo Gobhi, Pulao and other things and today with a little assistance I am preparing Shwarmas, as I thought they are extremely popular these days”, he said on being questioned about his cooking skills. His preparation was totally upto the mark.

Mr. Sanjay Modi

Next was the Brazilian counter, where Mr. Oliver Mirza, Oetker India, dished out some broccoli in creamy sauce and was also serving Brazilian barbecued chicken and fish. The broccoli was very yummy and so was the chicken, which I saw him serving to the people, right till the end, holding the skewer in his hands.

 Mr. Oliver Mirza

Mr, Rajan Chopra, CEO, Team Computers and Mr. Lindgren Lars Olof, Head of Market Area India, SAAB Group, held the forts for Italian Cuisine, preparing delectable pastas for vegetarian and non-vegetarian audiences respectively. I personally relished the chicken pasta in white sauce made by Lindgren live in front of me. It was truly remarkable to see these CEOs cooking with so much dedication and passion. “I am cooking after some 10 years, but the cause is such, that I am thoroughly enjoying myself”, said Mr. Rajan Chopra as he tossed some pasta in his pan.

 Mr. Rajan Chopra
Mr. Lindgren Lars Olof

Mr. Suman Bose, MD India, Siemens Industry Software, took over the Japanese counter, and in a most dedicated way possible, he kept tossing portions of chicken noodles one after another.”I cook quite often and enjoy doing it, but today its even more special as the cause we are doing it for, is very close to my heart,” he said, as I enjoyed his preparation.

Mr. Suman Bose

Ms. Manisha Sood, Country General Manager, Fitbit India along with Mr. Suresh Narayanan, chairman and MD, Nestle India, held on to their regional roots and prepared delicacies of Andhra. They made some crispy dosas, biryani and lamb curry.

Ms. Manisha Sood and Mr. Suresh Narayanan

Mr. Sri Ranjan, Chairman, Bain & Company India, was making some very interesting and delicious looking crepes with variety of fruits and other sauces,as he handled the dessert counter.  “My wife has set this as benchmark for my cooking”, so do let me know how I fared”, he joked as he handed me over my crepe.He prepared a mixed fruit crepe with strawberry sauce for me, and I could not stop gazing at it for sometime, it looked so tempting, and it tasted even better. I am very sure he will be handling the desserts department at home too, from now on as his wife will be pretty impressed with his hidden skills 🙂
Mr. Sri Ranjan

Other than cooking behind the counters, these chefs were seen enjoying and mingling with the people present, and also dancing to the songs sung by the live band. 

Mr Rajan Chopra seen here, enjoying a dance with his wife.

Ms Prema Sagar with All the CEOs and their respective wives

It was a great event, and I felt honoured being part of such an initiative by Genesis Foundation. Working as a professional brand strategy planner, I know how these senior people juggle so many roles and responsibilities in their business lives, and it takes a lot to leave all that, and come forward to do something like this. Hats off to each one of them and God bless the kids for whom all of these people put in so many efforts.

Time To Sizzle Your Taste Buds @Hard Rock Cafe

Good music, great ambience and crazy drinks and awesome sizzlers.. Sounds like a perfect combination.. Isn’t it?
Hard Rock Cafe, the brand synonym to rock and roll music and lip smacking American cuisine invites you to Turn Up The Sizzle all through February! The kitchen at Hard Rock Cafe is on fire and is geared up to roll out a limited time smokin’ hot menu to coddle your taste buds. Hard Rock Café has an astounding treat in store for its fans with a combination of lip-smacking sizzlers; effervescent Long Island Iced Teas and Shots and a chance to win a couple night stay at India’s first Hard Rock Hotel in Goa every week.

A unique fiesta to entice your taste buds with a large spread of scrumptious dishes sizzled to absolute perfection.

Mr. Vikram Varma, AVP – Marketing, JSM Corporation, said: “Hard Rock Cafe has been the prime destination for people of all ages with varied music interest to hang out. We ensure that our fan base gets the most out of their time at the restaurant. Sizzle Festival has been our key promotion each year and this year it involves a lovely integration of the chilly LIITs and hot piping food. The promotion, clubbed with Karaoke Nights, Retro Nights, Thursday Band Nights and Baby Loves Rock make for a delightful evening. This year, we are offering 14 lucky couples a chance to spend two nights and three days at India’s first Hard Rock Hotel in Goa twice in February (13th and 27th) by participating in a contest and are sure to see a massive turnout.”

We tried the Big Bull Iced Tea and the Double Trouble Iced Tea, they were truly mind blowing, one glass serves two, so be sure you share your drink with your significant someone 

For Sizzlers, we first tried the Mexican Chicken Chipotle & Prawn Skillet; they came with Masala Fries, and Mexican Rice. First look at the sizzler, the aroma and that sizzling sound.. and I could feel my senses awakening. I didn’t waste time and wanted to scintillate my other two senses of touch and taste as well. It was truly delectable. The chicken and prawns were both very tender and the flavors of chipotle stood out perfectly.

What followed next was Thai Chicken Skillet with Garlic Rice and Herb Crusted Chicken with Tomato Spaghetti, have to say that both of them were utterly delicious and done to perfection. In spite of trying 3 varieties of chicken sizzlers, I have to admit that each of them had a very distinct taste and were truly remarkable.

They offer a reasonable vegetarian variety as well, like the Italian Mafia Skillet, Thai Style Grilled Cottage Cheese Skillet, Grilled Paneer Tikka Skillet etc. and I am sure they would be great too, as being a hardcore non-vegetarian I ended up tasting all non-veg variety.

With Hard Rock Cafe and its legacy, also get a chance to win a couple stay of two nights and three days at India’s first Hard Rock Hotel twice in February by participating in a contest. One winner will be picked by a lucky draw every week at each outlet. 14 lucky couples across all outlets of Hard Rock Cafe India win this exciting gratification. Thinking of how it’s possible? Head over to your nearest Hard Rock Cafe for a smokin’ hot experience, get social and use the hashtag, #SizzleToGoa, for a sizzling, rocking time in Goa.

The flavours of the festival will be heightened with the signature memorabilia on the walls, high ceilings and of course the signature ambience.
Head straight to Hard Rock Cafe to get your dose of an experience of a lifetime!
When: February 1 – February 29, 2016
Where: Hard Rock Café Delhi & Gurgaon
Telephone No:  011 – 47158888, 0124 –4949630

Timings: 12 noon – 12:30 am

Hard Rock Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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