Mumbai: Zee Zest – India’s leading lifestyle channel is set to return with the second season of ‘India’s 50 Best Dishes’ on 26th July. In this season, Chef Ajay Chopra will take viewers on a delectable expedition and celebrate food from across regions in the country.
Unveiling the #Deshkatastiestmenu, the show will focus on over 20 exciting categories from monsoon ka swaad, immunity boosters, work from home rasoi, nukkad ka khaana to bachchon ki farmaaish and more. With mouth-watering dishes ranging from Pineapple Rasam, daal baati churma, ramen, oreo cheesecake to bhetki fish fry, viewers will be spoilt for choice as they pick their favorites to curate a menu that’s India’s favorite.
This season comes with an added tadka, with viewers virtually supporting Chef Ajay by voting for their top choices of dishes through a unique gamification portal on the Zee Zest website. The portal will allow viewers to choose from a plethora of regional dishes that feature on a leaderboard. Votes will then be tallied to decide winners of the contest as they pick their favorites from across the country.
To help Chef Ajay curate India’s 50 best dishes, we have 3 groups, which map the food atlas of India, namely Kitchen Gurus, Masala Mantris and Desi Deewane. Prominent industry veterans formulate the Kitchen Gurus, as they alternate in every episode, to share their knowledge from their home kitchens. This zestful list of culinary architects includes Kunal Kapur, Tejasvi Chandela, Natasha Gandhi, Vikas Bagu, Sabyasachi Gorai, Pankaj Bhadouria and more, who bring in their learnings and expertise to this segment. Antoine Lewis (The Curly Haired Cook), Jasleen Marwah (Chef and Founder, Namak Swaad Anusaar) and Pooja Vir (Consulting Editor – Mumbai Foodie) are our Masala Mantris as they share their discerning views in a friendly interactive debate for a thorough decision-making process.
Representing the heart of India as they become the common voice of the country, Desi Deewane are those individuals featured in the vox pops segment of the show. Expert tips and anecdotes are taken from people hailing from different regions in India. Chef Ajay in his distinctive manner shares his opinions on the same and decides which dish falls under #Deshkatastiestmenu.
Chef Ajay Chopra, Host, India’s 50 Best Dishes says, “I am elated to kick off the new season of India’s 50 Best Dishes after the resoundingly appreciative response from our audience. In a country where we find multiple cuisines and countless dishes in each state, I am looking forward to reviving the conversation on what are the most loved ones. In a bid to distinguish India’s consistently evolving culinary landscape with incomparable regional impressions, we are excited to continue our search to curate a unique set of 50 that will make for this season’s desh ka tastiest menu’.
Watch the second season of ‘India’s 50 Best Dishes’ from 26th July on Zee Zest.