Pune: The Consulate General of Sweden hosted an exclusive tête-à-tête cum tasting withrenowned Swedish Nobel Chefs Mark Phoenix and Fredrik Forsell aimed at creating awareness about the rich and diverse culinary heritage of Sweden.
Chefs Mark Phoenix and Fredrik Forsell are renowned experts who have been in charge for the preparation of the prestigious Nobel Dinner Banquet – the culinary showcase after the esteemed Nobel Prize ceremony. The Nobel Dinner, which is an annual banquet that is held inside the Stockholm City Hall, is a very eminent affair that receives widespread recognition and also explores the very depths of traditional Swedish dishes, some of which are many hundreds of years old.
Held at a luxury hotel in Pune, the Chefs discussed some Swedish culinary secrets, the Swedish concept of fika and also shared the traditional – Kanelbullar. One of the most iconic fika recipes, Kanelbullar, are light, delicately spiced sweet breads that marry perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea. These buns are essentially found at every single cafe in Sweden and an integral part of the country’s culturescape.
Nobel Chefs Mark Phoenix and Fredrik Forsell also prepared a feast for the Nobel Dinner at the Embassy in New Delhi for 85 high level personnel’s and also showcased some delectable Swedish cuisine for Indian companies and Swedish government authorities in Mumbai.
Commenting on the diverse range of Swedish culinary offerings, Consul General Ms. Fredrika Ornbrant said “I am pleased to have Swedish Nobel Chefs Mark Phoenix and Fredrik Forsell in Pune today. They will be replicating parts of the Nobel dinner tonight for select media and Indian & Swedish companies. Today Swedish food has become immensely popular internationally and I hope our efforts to bring a bit of Sweden to India through cuisine inspires people to try their hand at Swedish food and appreciate the diversity of Swedish culture”
Nobel Chef Mark Phoenix said: “I travel to India often and I am always amazed at how big India’s culinary journey is. Just like Sweden, India has a rich and varied culinary legacy. Sweden’s nature and the produce it yields creates opportunities for exclusive culinary experiences and we hope that we were able to share some of them with you today”
Chef Fredrik Forsell added “As the Swedish food scene grows, a new style of cooking is developing. Swedish chefs are returning to their culinary roots, rediscovering classic Swedish dishes with fantastic local seasonal ingredients and giving them a modern twist. We are thoroughly pleased to be able to bring a taste of Sweden to Mumbai.”
Overview of Swedish cuisine:
Swedish chefs are returning to their culinary roots, rediscovering classic Swedish dishes and fantastic local seasonal ingredients, and giving them a modern twist. Through top-class cooking and innovative use of raw
materials, Swedish chefs have won the world’s recognition, taking home gold medals at the culinary Olympic Games, as well as several medals at the unofficial world championship called Bocuse d’Or. And with gourmet restaurants opening their doors all over the country, Sweden has turned into one of the haute-cuisine hot spots in Europe. In recent years there has been a boom in top-class restaurants in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, but also in smaller towns and the countryside. In Sweden, attention is always paid to animal health and welfare, far beyond European standards. The country is proficient in organic cultivation, and environmental thinking covers food production in cultivated and wild areas as well as the ocean.
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