What’s On The Table
- Chakh le India Kachcha Raasta Host Aditya Bal, above, flavour- hunting in the Indian hinterland
- Thamizhagathin Samayal Champion The Masterchef-style Tamil reality show rides high on innovative recipes, best of which will make it to a five-star menu
- Twist of Taste with Vineet Bhatia The travelogue-style food show takes you to different cities in India and explores local cuisine
- Just Ranna A first-of-its-kind show on Bangla TV, it sets up a competition with two players, who are judged by a guest
- Mummy Ka Magic Your tiny tot a fussy eater? Then this upcoming show is meant for you, with lots of recipes for kids.
The story of Amritsar boy Vikas Khanna, who learnt to wield the ladle from his grandmother when he was barely into his teens, and then made it big as a Michelin-starred chef, is the stuff of delicious television drama. As the new face of Masterchef India 2, which went on air just a few weeks ago, the New-York based Khanna replaces Bollywood star Akshay Kumar on the show. For Khanna, this is his “happy journey back home”; for culinary shows on Indian TV, it’s a big moment. His arrival adds new energy to a segment that’s already gathering steam on air. These are times when everyone’s a “foodie”, food porn is trendy, and foodism has never seemed more sexy. We may have reached a kind of saturation point as far as music and dance reality shows go, but for culinary shows on Indian television, it’s sizzle time.
At last count, there were 252 food shows on air across channels. Nearly 50 new shows have been added this...