Master Chef Australia plays a very important part in my life, sitting with the remote hidden under the sofa so no one changes the channel, I am being following it since season one. The MasterChef -Season 6 was very interesting and I was elated when favourite Brent Owens won the title. Can you imagine my excitement when I won a twitter contest hosted by Grand Hyatt. It was indeed a dream come true to dine with Brent Owens at the Celini, Grand Hyatt with FBAI and a bunch of fellow food bloggers. We all dined with the one and only Brent Owens who had curated a special menu for us all.
About MasterChef Brent Owens
Since the age of 16, Brent has been into cooking. He has paid keen interest to his favourite celebrity chefs over the years and found his own style through experimentation. An everyday home cook who won the hearts of millions in the sixth season of Masterchef Australia with his unassuming and down-to-earth approach to cooking and life.
Brent Owens ka Jaadu Chal gayaa
We spent the evening chatting with him about his Masterchef journey and how he felt on getting the Masterchef Title. He was witty in his answers, kept us all engaged in conversation and answered all our questions patiently. When asked about his recent trip to INDIA, he enlightened us about the dishes he tried so far, Pav Bhaji, Dahi puri, Vada Pac, proving that he loved our street food. Brent has been facinated with Kulfi Faloodah. Quite a charmer, he was fun and quirky, and quite a Ladies Man. Selfies, kisses and more… that was flow of the evening along with wine and the amazingly well planned menu.
Our 4 Course Meal for the evening
We started the evening with some Sparkling wine.
Promptly arrived the Lobster and asparagus garden with parley pesto potato ( Appetizer). This dish was brilliantly executed. A visual and delectable treat. So light on the palate and I enjoyed the pesto potato the most.
The soup was the next to arrive at the time we were totally in deep conversation with the Chef. It was a Cold saur topinambur, leak cream with smoked salmon and caviar. The flavours were bang on. The caviar poppers were amusing and smoked salmon was a heavenly treat. This was my best dish of the evening.
Taa Daa !! Time for Main course. It was a Bread crust lamb rack with ginger balsamic reduction and berry relish . The reduction was abit sweet not to my liking, I wanted some spice and distinct ginger flavour. Really not too exciting but loved the colours in the dish and the way it was plated. Totally Masterchef style.
We ordered the beet root and port wine Risotto with crispy Parmesan flake ( Veg Main course). I loved the Parmesan crisp and thoroughly enjoyed the Risotto.
The wine kept flowing through out the evening and a special mention to the server who kept a keen eye on our empty glasses and kept filling them up with the best french wines.
With practically no stomach space left I still attempted to try the Trilogy of desserts.
In order of ranking I will give the
Milk chocolate Mousse with oats crumble – first place
Olive oil ice cream – second runner up &
Moist Chocolate cake – third place.
I found it a bit dry for my liking.
This special dinner with Brent Owens and the FBAI food bloggers has been by far the most enjoyable and memorable one of my life. I am still floating on cloud 999 and never want to come down.
Need to thank my daughter Zenia Irani who blogs at Brandedbawi.com who introduced me to the wonderful world of Twitter and blogging, the rest is history.
Thank you FBAI and Grand Hyatt Mumbai for this awesome opportunity.
Like I believe “time is precious” and its never coming back, so live in the moment. Click alot of pictures so that we can always cherish and remember those precious moments.