With the MasterChef Himself, Gary Mehigan in Hyderabad

Fusion 9, one of Hyderabad’s most preferred restaurants that has been around for over a decade, had a pleasant surprise for its dedicated patrons on November 20. Chef Shankar Krishnamurthy welcomed celebrated Chef Gary Mehigan to Fusion 9 and spent the day with him cooking, discussing culture and recipes, and even going on a Biryani tour! The popular restaurateur has been eating his way through India, shooting for the upcoming Season 2 of his English food show Masters of Taste with Gary Mehigan which will air on Fox Life. His voyage through India so far has seen Mehigan try some Indian delicacies such as Chole Bhature, Paya Nihari, and Indian sweets like Malai Gheva, Gulab Jamun, Laddoo, Barfi, and many other dishes which are authentic to our diverse country.

Well-known for his stint in MasterChef Australia, which he hosted and judged for nine years, Gary has headed the kitchen of some of the most prominent restaurants in Melbourne and has etched his name in the food Hall of Fame. He currently helms The Boathouse which is located in the Melbourne suburb of Monee Ponds.

In his quest to discover the traditional flavours of India, Mehigan visited four cities – Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Hyderabad – to try the local cuisines of the region. He visited Hyderabad in a bid to find that true Nizami flavour, as well as Andhra and Telangana flavours, that Hyderabad is famous for. For his true Hyderabadi experience, Gary and Chef Shankar enjoyed authentic Hyderabadi Biryani, first from Bawarchi where they tried the Hyderabadi Kacchi Dum ki Biryani, and then Shri Kanya’s Chicken Fry Biryani. They then headed to Fusion 9, where an intimate gathering of close friends of Chef Shankar and his wife Maya, came together to enjoy an extraordinary cooking experience. Guests enjoyed watching Mehigan work his magic in the kitchen while Shankar whipped out the delicious Doodh ki Biryani, made with mutton.

As a token of appreciation, Gary prepared a special dish of Chicken Tikka with Mediterranean spices along with Bulgar rice and a side of tamarind vinaigrette dip, for the guests. Needless to say, it left everyone wanting more. The lovely day ended with Gary clicking pictures and signing autographs for the guests.

- Rubaina