Recently we attended one of the most exciting Blogger Meet in Delhi where lot of food and lifestyle bloggers were present to meet THE CHEF Vikas Khanna. This Photo Journey is sharing some experiences of this meet with some interesting facts and photographs. Let's Check out.
This Journey started with an Invite for a blogger meet at Blue Frog in New Delhi. Invite said Saffola Masala Oats Blogger Meet with Vikas Khanna. By seeing 'Oats' and someone called 'Vikas Khanna', I had no excitement to go for this meet and somehow I have some bad experiences with Blue Frog as well. But when I asked Travellingcamera Team if someone is interested, everyone was so excited that it became difficult for me to decide upon the person who would join this meet. During evening I met my girlfriend & told her about this and she gave a weird look to me. She says that 'I can understand that you are not excited about stuff related to Oats, but how can you miss this opportunity to meet Vikas Khanna and she expressed her love for him.' Then I decided to got for this event and made sure that my girlfriend doesn't join me :)
It was Saturday and I was one of the arly bloggers who reached Blue Frog on time and of-course since Vikas Khanna is big name, he has to be late. Anyways, it was worth waiting for him and during the waiting time I enjoyed eager audience all around who were trying to place themselves strategically. Many of female bloggers were over-excited about this blogger meet and some bloggers were also accompanied by their Moms. Excitement to have first glimpe of Vikas Khanna was at the peak and he appeared on stage very simply.
Suddenly whole environment at Blue Frog changed as Vikas Khanna came to the stage. Samyukta introduced the one who didn't need any introduction in front of the audience who were there at Blue Frog. before coming for the event I had also checked few videos which gave me some sense about Vikas Khanna and his international achievements.
Vikas Khanna started talking about his life, food and general stuff around food industry. He starting talking in English and then shared that he wants to talk in either Hindi or Punjabi. It was awesome to know his thought, which showed some of the great aspects of his personality. Let me stop here, and talk about the blogger meet as well , where lot of other bloggers interacted & got to know about Masala Oats which are launched by Saffola.
Vikas started cooking his first dish on Tinda :) ... He talked a lot about Tinda and Bloggers contributed to different ways of making Tindas. He cooked Bharvan Tinda without pealing off the cover. During this process he also explained that most of the proteins are actually in cover, so he always ensures that we don't miss healthy elements in a dish.
While talking about healthy food, he announced a contest where bloggers had to cook a dish out of stuff available with some conditions applies. He asked 6 questions to choose 6 bloggers out of the crowd there. It was interesting to hear some out of the world question and I was wondering that people knew the answers as well. Ekta, Rekha Kakkar, Priyanka Sachar, Faizan & two more girls were selected to come forward and start their dishes. They had 20 minutes to cook and most of them did great job. Unfortunately I wouldn't click photographs of dishes they cooked in 20 minutes.
Vikas Khanna Interacted with all contestants who were cooking and got appropriate details about dishes they were making & finally tasted each of those. Above photograph shows Vikas Khanna interacting with Faizan, the only male cook, at Saffola Masala Oats Blogger Meet.
After first round of competition, winner was announced and it was Ekta Khetan who won !!! She had cooked something out of Brinjal and Vikas Khanna quite liked that. Faizan was disqualified because of a small mistake that he didn't listen to conditions carefully. Otherwise Vikas Khanna was quite impressed with his style of cooking. During second session Vikas Khanna cooked something which was inspired by Faizan's dish which was cooked at Saffola Msala Oats Blogger Meet.
In Parallel a Twitter Contest was going on where Bloggers had to tweet about the event. I was the winner of the Twitter event and won a Wooden Chopping Board which was bit disappointing for me :( ... It was not worth spending time on Mobile while at such a great event with Vikas Khanna. But yes, it was signed by Vikas Khanna. Does that make any difference to me? I don't think so.. But my Girlfriend was again excited about the chopping board signed by Vikas Khanna :)
After another cooking round by Vikas Khanna, it was time for another quiz to identity next 6 bloggers who had to cook something with Saffola Masala Oats.
So the conversation started like this - Vikas Khanna started talking about Oats and how people think about Oats. Most of the folks relate with Oats as healthy food which is not very exciting and can be consumed as Breakfast. In second dish, Vikas Khanna used Saffola Masala Oats and the same was expected from contestants now. They had to be innovative and creative while cooking something with Saffola Masala Oats.
Bloggers cooked Rang biranga Upama and Pizza as well. Pizza finally won the second contest.
This was one of the awesomely organized blogger meet and I guess it will be unfair if I miss talking about organizing team.
Did I miss talking about snacks & drinks which were served during Saffola Masala Oats Blogger Meet. Above photograph shows our table at Blue Frog where we had fun with awesome snacks.. We had a rocking table with Priyanka Dey, Ekta Khetan & Her Mom.
During the event it was great to meet awesome bloggers like Sangeeta Khanna, Rekha Kakkar, Devina, Priyanka Dey, Pawan, Ekta Khetan, Priyanka Sachar, Parul & a long list which will become difficult to mention here.
Every Blogger got return gift having different flavors of Saffola Masala Oats and I am yet waiting to open that :)