Baku, October 26, AZERTAC
An elite club of chefs is taking a break from feeding the world's most powerful leaders to visit the Indian capital and sample its spicy, aromatic cuisine, according to The Associated Press.
Wending through the crowded alleyways of Old Delhi's pungent spice market, the group of 18 gourmands sneezed and coughed as they smelled and sampled everything from turmeric and cloves to dried red chilies and pomegranate seeds.
Cristeta Comerford, the executive chef in President Barack Obama's White House, said she was "learning a lot" sampling north Indian delicacies, and that Tuesday's trip to the chaotic spice bazaar — Asia's largest wholesale spice market — was "one of the most amazing experiences."
"You really got to experience everything — you smelled it, you felt it, you see the people that are working to make sure that all of these spices are brought to our homes," she said.
The group, called Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, is a collection of personal chefs serving global heads of state. The group was founded in 1977 in Paris by French chef Gilles Bragard.
This is the first time they are holding their annual general assembly in India.
With India eager to promote its diverse street foods and rich curries with the likes of the British royal family or French President Francois Hollande, its kitchens have been serving up a weeklong feast for the visiting chefs.