Unlike my usual anonymous ‘walk-in’s to eateries all around where I consciously avoid meeting the chefs & owners (so that my views do not get biased in case I get into a friendly chat), this was a unique experience for me – I walked into an event where there was not one or two or three but six hundred chefs under one roof!!!! I was at the 9th award ceremony of Indian Culinary Forum that happens to be a body of Chefs all over India on invitation by a friend who happens to be a Chef himself.
The first thing that I noticed when I received the invite was that it was chaired by ‘Dr K Chiranjeevi’, Union Minister. The only Chiranjeevi I happened to know was the South Indian actor turned politician. So Google came to my rescue – Wiki confirmed that Chiranjeevi the actor was awarded honorary Doctorate by Andhra Pradesh University & what a coincidence – I was about to see the only Chiranjeevi I know:)
As we reached the venue, we realized that the evening program had just started & someone on the dais was delivering a speech in nice English but in a very monotonous voice. I started looking for the action hero Chiranjeevi on the stage only to realize that this gentleman in suit was a transformed ‘gentleman’ version of the onscreen ‘angry street fighter’ that I knew – Chiranjeevi.