Food demystified! Mahindra Holidays' Corporate Executive Chef P Soundararajan launches The Essential Culinary Guide

Top Quote Mahindra Holidays launched a book authored by its Corporate Executive Chef, Chef Soundararajan - "The Essential Culinary Guide" in Mumbai and celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor received the first copy. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 12, 2010 - Mumbai - Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited (MHRIL), India's leading leisure hospitality services provider, today launched "The Essential Culinary Guide" - a book authored by its Corporate Executive Chef, Chef Soundararajan. Sanjeev Kapoor, Celebrity Chef, received the first copy.

    Published by Crossover Media & Design Pvt. Ltd., the book is a comprehensive guide on culinary principles and techniques. With separate sections on various food items such as bread, chocolate, dairy, poultry, seafood to herbs, spices and oil, each technique is well illustrated with photographs, interesting trivia and little known techniques that can be followed when working with these food items across cuisine. Not limited to any geographical boundaries or cuisine, the book follows international cooking principles while keeping the art of cooking a simple affair.

    Speaking on the book launch, Mr. Arun Nanda, Chairman, Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited, proudly said, "Over the years, countless Club Mahindra members have sampled Chef Soundararajan's delicacies from his carefully prepared menus. With The Essential Culinary Guide, Chef shares his extensive experience as one of India's leading chefs and culinary experts. The book will be a reliable and invaluable source of information for all those who are passionate about the art and science of cooking. Mahindra Holidays is proud to be part of his efforts."

    Hailing from a family of agriculturists, Chef Soundararajan graduated as a rank holder from IHM, Chennai in 1982. Later, he acquired a certificate in World Cuisine from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, New York, and became a WACS certified Chef. With an illustrious career spanning over 30 years, Chef Soundararajan has handled several important assignments, including catering to former Prime Ministers and the various heads of States.

    Speaking on the launch, Chef Soundararajan said, "As Club Mahindra's Corporate Executive Chef, I have had the opportunity to hone my skills and work with the most exotic ingredients. Through this book, I aim to share my knowledge with the next generation of chefs. The Essential Culinary Guide aims to demystify the fundamentals of culinary principles and everyday ingredients found in our kitchens. It is ideal for those who are interested in learning the basics of cooking. I hope you find it an interesting read."

    The book has been produced by Neeru Nanda, Managing Editor and Publisher, Crossover Media and Design Pvt. Ltd. The book is supported by Mahindra Holidays and Resorts, India's biggest brand for holidays and resorts. Dr. Bill Gallagher, Honorary life-time President of World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), has written the foreword.

    The Essential Culinary Guide will be available at retail bookshops across the country.

    About Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited:

    Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited, one of the leading players in the leisure hospitality industry, offers quality family holidays primarily through Vacation Ownership membership. Club Mahindra Holidays is MHRIL's flagship brand. Other brands by the company are Zest, Club Mahindra Fundays, Mahindra Homestays, Mahindra Travel and terra.

    Club Mahindra Holidays was selected as Superbrand in 2009.

    The company has over 100,000 member families and operates more than 30 resorts across India and Thailand.

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