For a baker, discovering first hand the magic behind tandoor oven and the making of Indian breads was an amazing experience.
The bread specialist of the Indian cuisine had such a smooth flowing way of doing it that it made me feel like I knew nothing. The bread specialist you see on this movie showed them to me at a very slow speed since I was filming. Also, he just did one of each to demonstrate. This guy can handle a live tandoor bread station in a 500 people buffet, and trust me, people there eat a LOT of those breads!
The Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai has tandoor oven all over the place; baking Indian bread or meats without a tandoor is not an option. But the most impressive were the one located at the main kitchen and the beautiful copper-covered ones at San-Qi restaurant. The ovens reach temperature above 300 Celsius and it takes a whole set of skills to master the art of tandoor oven.
I was lucky to witness a photo shoot for a PR event around the tandoor. So I had a blast taking photos of the kebabs and the sparks of fire dancing above the over-heated tandoor oven!
That tandoor oven was located in the main kitchen, with an exhaust hood right above it… in other places, I think this would prompt massive fire safety issues, but apparently not there, which I thought was great for the chefs!
In the movie I shot, you will see plain naan bread, roti bread and cheese-coriander naan, the later was then cut into slices and dusted with their homemade garam masala powder.
It made me die a little… it was SOOOO good!
I would be happy to pick that over a pizza any day as long as it’s made like that! Ok… the movie is not quite up to the Bollywood standard, but I thought a little local music would make it even more authentic!
The guys are making their own blend of spices from whole spices which they ground… I could see the garam masala and a kind of curry blend. Taking a deep breath on top of both, the masala and the curry spices, before being ground, was incredible…
I saw myself in the TV commercial for India! …and that alone, people, was worth my trip to India!