Happy Diwali

First and foremost, a very Happy Diwali to you all! 

May the coming year be full of days of Happy Cooking, Eating Right and Prosperity!

Doha was an excellent learning experience in Qatari cuisine. Raring to go out and create some new dishes for my Khazana restaurant there. Did I tell you? Alyona finally could join me there for a day!

October 16 was World Food Day and I was in Delhi to address the Food Safety Run & Walkathon Programme organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry. It was a cheery show with Ma’am Sheila Dikshit, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of NCT of Delhi inaugurating the oath taking ceremony on “Food Safety & Quality for All” and later on, flagging off the Walkathon. This event was a part of the World Food Day Celebrations as India prepares for Commonwealth Games 2010.

What is food safety and quality all about? It is a practice that one and all must follow beginning from the home kitchen. Be it food processing and serving establishments, schools, colleges….all should strive to position India as a safe food destination in our preparation for the Commonwealth Games 2010. It is as simple as washing our hands before we start cooking, after we finish cooking, washing our vegetables and cutting boards well, and also taking our meals with clean hands. Also ensure that we use clean water for cooking.

Safety is also a primarily important when we celebrate Diwali with firecrackers. Take good care, especially of over enthusiastic kids, who in their excitement sometimes do foolish things.

Have a great love-filled, food-filled and fun-filled festive week end!

Sanjeev Kapoor

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