It’s Aussie season on Living Foodz! Following the recent launch of the Australian food and travel show ‘Taste Down Under’, the leading lifestyle channel organized an event with legendary Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and popular celebrity Chef Vicky Ratnani in collaboration with Tourism Australia. The fun-filled event was a perfect amalgamation of food and cricket.
Australia is fast gaining reputation as the culinary capital of the world. ‘Taste Down Under’, explores Australia’s multicultural culinary heritage, extraordinary landscapes, unique wildlife and iconic city attractions while bringing to the audience cooking demonstrations by Chef Vicky using fresh Australian produce. The series takes viewers on a visual treat of Australia showcasing Chef Vicky indulging in some best of Australia experiences including a surfing lesson at Bondi beach in Sydney, a hot air balloon ride in Gold Coast, cuddling a koala in Adelaide, and taking a tour of the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground.
An excited Chef Vicky said, “While visiting Australia for my show ‘Taste Down Under’, I discovered that like India, cricket is almost a religion in Australia, uniting players and fans from all walks of life. I had the opportunity of visiting the Adelaide Oval Cricket Ground, Melbourne Cricket Ground which are iconic landmarks in the cricket-obsessed country. Cricket lovers in India and across the world avidly follow Adam Gilchrist and I had a great time recreating the Pan seared John Dory from my show for him. I would like to thank Living Foodz and Tourism Australia for organizing a perfect evening, filled with anecdotes of food and cricket!”
Living Foodz also organized a contest on Twitter where a lucky winner got the opportunity to meet Adam Gilchrist and watch Chef Vicky whip up a meal for him! Followers and fans of Living Foodz also tuned into the event via Facebook Live.
“Being a foodie, having Chef Vicky prepare a dish inspired by his travels across Australia, was one of the key highlights of my visit to India. I thank him for being a wonderful host. My family and I often indulge in Indian food back home in Australia and it is wonderful to be enjoying an Aussie inspired meal here. A culinary journey is one of the best ways to experience Australia and it is fantastic that Chef Vicky and Living Foodz have captured their travel in this fantastic series. I would like to urge Indian viewers to watch ‘Taste Down Under’ and invite them to visit Australia to enjoy a culinary journey of their own.”, said Adam Gilchrist.
Food lovers and adventure enthusiasts can join Chef Vicky on his Australian adventure every Monday and Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. on Living Foodz, with repeat telecasts on Saturday & Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
About Living Foodz
Living Foodz is India’s first international, 24-hour food and lifestyle television channel based in Mumbai, India. It is a part of the Living Entertainment brand of channels, which is owned by Essel Group and distributed within the country by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited. Launched in September 2015, Living Foodz explores the evolving social status of food, moving out of the confines of the conventional kitchen and home, and into a world of travel, adventure and culture. It’s innovative and path breaking shows aptly capture its philosophy ‘Where Food is Fun’. Living Foodz is the first lifestyle channel in India to fuse premium show formats and international quality with themes that reverberate strongly with the up worldly-mobile urban Indian audience. Travel, adventure, music, fusion food, international cuisine and lifestyle trends are significant elements of the shows. The channel brings the best and most unusual cultural aspects of the subcontinent to viewers.
The channel has a strong line-up of chefs, restaurateurs and food aficionados such as Vicky Ratnani, Ranveer Brar, Kunal Kapur, Rocky Singh, Mayur Sharma, Gautam Mehrishi, Maria Goretti, Pankaj Bhadouria, Ajay Chopra and Rakhee Vaswani.. This year, Living Foodz launched its flagship show ‘Ganga, The Soul of India’ which saw actress and producer Dia Mirza on Indian television for the first time. Apart from television programming, the channel also connects with the audience through specially curated events and on-ground celebrations of food and culture. Whilst the channel’s television viewership has climbed rapidly since its launch, it has also garnered a significant online fan following due to its engaging and informative style content. Having raised the bar for Indian lifestyle and entertainment on television, Living Foodz has steadily gathered a strong fan base for its unique offerings, and promises more such fascinating shows in the months to come.
Living Entertainment Enterprises Pvt Ltd in India is the company housing all the brands of the Living network belonging to Essel Group. The Living Group of channels already exists in the international markets catering to a large audience in the health and lifestyle space. Living in India aims at bringing alive all things factual with an element of entertainment in order to appeal to global audiences. The Living group of channels in India will truthfully echo the ‘Living’ philosophy and encompass everything that will help one to discover, awaken and transform oneself.
The company’s pioneer channel is Living Foodz the international food & lifestyle channel that has a universal feel and appeals to the new age Indian. In the future the space will see launch of more channels under the Living Entertainment group fulfilling the growing need of Factual Entertainment of the audiences.
About Chef Vicky Ratnani
Vicky Ratnani is a chef, television anchor, cookbook author and culinary consultant based in Mumbai. He graduated from the Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai and is currently corporate chef of fine dining at Dish Hospitality, a company that owns and manages a number of restaurants across India, including the popular Aurus and Nido in Mumbai.
Molecular gastronomy came to the forefront in India five years ago when Vicky Ratnani joined Aurus in Mumbai as a consultant and made it part of the restaurant’s core menu. Now the chef has expanded his modernist experiment in his hometown with the restaurant Nido, which emphasizes the use of fresh, seasonal produce and modern techniques like sous vide. Vicky Ratnani has also hosted Vickypedia on Living Foodz.
Tourism Australia is the Australian Government agency responsible for promoting Australia to the world as a destination for business and leisure travel. Tourism Australia’s purpose is to increase the economic benefits to Australia of tourism, supporting the industry’s Tourism 2020 strategy, which aims to grow the overnight annual expenditure generated by tourism to over A$ 115 billion annually by 2020. The organisation is active in around 20 key markets, where it aims to grow demand for the destination’s tourism experiences by promoting the unique attributes which will entice people to visit. Tourism Australia’s activities include advertising, public relations and media programs, trade shows and programs for the tourism industry, consumer promotions, online communications and consumer research.
About Adam Gilchrist
Born on 14th November, 1971, Adam Gilchrist, the former wicketkeeper from Australia, is regarded as the greatest wicketkeeper batsman of all time. The record-breaking keeper holds the record for the most number of dismissals in ODIs (472) and the most for Australia in Test cricket.
He made his debut for Australia in 1996 and scored over 15,000 runs in international cricket. The century he scored in the 2006 Ashes against England in Perth was the second fastest in the history of Test cricket; he reached his century in 57 balls. He scored 149 off 104 balls in the 2007 World Cup final that Australia won.
He has scored a total of 5570 runs in Tests and 9619 runs in ODIs. Among his other accolades, he holds the record for the most number of sixes in Tests, most number of Test and ODI centuries by a wicketkeeper, holds the record of the second-fastest ODI century for Australian (100 off 67 balls). He has 416 dismissals against his name in Test cricket.
Gilchrist bid good-bye to international cricket after the home series against India in 2007-08. After his retirement, Gilchrist became a commentator. He continued to regale cricket fans by being a prominent face of the Indian Premier League and released his autobiography ‘True Colours’ in 2008.