Food is an important part of everyone's life. However, it is also an equally important part of general entertainment channel's programming line up these days. Starting from brief cookery episodes on Surabhi (DD) to Zee TV's Khana Khazana which launched Sanjeev Kapoor and he became a celebrity chef, the TV space has had a lot of shows revolving around producing gastronomic delights, apart from dedicated food channels like Zee Khana Khazana, Food First and Food Food.
Competition is creeping into this space, too. With MasterChef India (Star Plus) entering the space in 2010, a plethora of cookery talent hunt shows followed suit, including Kitchen Champion with celebrity chef Gauti (Colors), Cook It Up with Tarla Dalal (Sony), Zaike Ka Safar (Zee TV), Mirch Masala (Star Plus) and Shipra Khanna Cookery Show (Star Plus), amongst others.
In a renewed attempt at the segment, Sony has launched Sanjeev Kapoor ke Kitchen Khiladi, its first cookery-based competition show, on September 16. Scheduled at 8 pm, Monday to Friday, the show will compete against Balika Vadhu (Colors), Mahadev (Life OK) and Meri Bhabhi (Star Plus) on the GEC genre. The new show has replaced the horror fiction series, Anamika.
Sanjeev Kapoor ke Kitchen Khiladi will bring professional chefs to compete with ordinary families for the dishes which are prepared in households regularly, including cuisines like Punjabi, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Chinese, Fusion and Continental, among others.
Both, the chef and the families will cook and present the same dishes to Kapoor (chief judge) for the final verdict. The show will also telecast interesting recipes as a part of the 'Dish of the Day' in each episode. The families along with the chefs will battle it out for the coveted title of the show, 'Swaad ke Sartaaj'.
This culinary battle will feature families from all over the country, while the renowned chefs who will be pitted against the families are Harpal Singh Sokhi, Ajay Chopra, Mexican food specialist Vikas Seth, India's youngest TV chef and Limca record holder Saransh Goila and Continental food specialist Rahul Kulkarni.
Sneha Rajani, senior EVP and business head, Sony Entertainment Television, says, "As we launch 'Sanjeev Kapoor ke Kitchen Khiladi', we will introduce cooking with a new dramatic twist. The concept of the show is very fresh and we have the Badshah of cooking in India, Sanjeev Kapoor as the host and judge of the show."
Mumbai, September 13, 2013: India's most loved Chef Sanjeev Kapoor will get your taste buds tingling as Sony Entertainment Television presents a brand new cooking reality show "Sanjeev Kapoor ke Kitchen Khiladi". This delectable show premiering on September 16 at 8pm will be a gastronomic delight for all food lovers. Get ready to celebrate food in a whole new way as we see a family take on a chef, in cooking up dishes, which are the families' culinary pride.
Sanjeev Kapoor ke Kitchen Khiladi will witness a cook-off between ordinary families and a professional chef. Both the chef and the families will cook and present the same dish to Sanjeev Kapoor (Chief Judge) for the final verdict. The show will not just entertain viewers by the competition element but also give viewers an opportunity to learn interesting recipes as a part of the "Dish of the Day" in each episode.
This culinary battle will feature families from all over the country, that have been auditioned and the best amongst them will find their place in the show. The renowned chefs who will be pitted against the families are entertaining and energetic Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, experimentative Chef Ajay Chopra, Mexican food specialist Chef Vikas Seth, India's Youngest TV Chef and Limca record holder Chef Saransh Goila and last but not the least Continental food specialist Rahul Kulkarni.
Speaking about the new culinary show, Ms. Sneha Rajani, Senior EVP and Business Head, Sony Entertainment Television said, ""Sony Entertainment Television has always introduced path-breaking innovations for its viewers. As we launch 'Sanjeev Kapoor ke Kitchen Khiladi', we will introduce cooking with a new dramatic twist. The concept of the show is very fresh and we have the Badshah of cooking in India, Sanjeev Kapoor as the host and judge of the show. His charm and inevitable smile will surely melt many hearts and reignite the audience's love for cooking."
The charming host and Judge Sanjeev Kapoor said, "I always believed and thought that food is not niche. It is a specialty but it is mass. I wanted people to view it like that and I am glad that Sony Entertainment Television is supporting us in this endeavor by presenting this new culinary reality show. The concept of the show is very interesting. It will be fun to watch the difference between the cooking of professional chefs and a normal housewife and we will see who wins hands down."
The show celebrates food in a whole new way as we see a family of four take on a chef in cooking up dishes which are the competing family's culinary pride. The Chefs will be handicapped as they will have no advance knowledge of the dishes & no one to help them. It will be a gastronomic treat for the viewers as they will feast their eyes on Punjabi, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Chinese, Fusion, Continental and various other cuisines. The families along with the Chefs will battle it out for the coveted title of the show 'Swaad ke Sartaaj'.
Get ready to watch the ultimate culinary battle in Sanjeev Kapoor ke Kitchen Khiladi; Mondays to Fridays at 8pm, only on Sony Entertainment Television
Families take on chefs, pitting their culinary skills against the best in the business, celebrating food on Sanjeev Kapoor Ke Kitchen Khiladi.
The show will have the professionals and the amateurs presenting the same dish to the judge, who will deliver the final verdict. Each episode will also share recipe of the 'Dish of the Day'.
Conferred the 'Best Chef Of India' award by the Government of India, Sanjeev Kapoor is the judge and host of the show.
He will be joined by renowned chefs, who will be pitted against the families. Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, who has received the title of 'Most Admired Chef' on television for the year 2012, will be part of this elite group. Chefs Ajay Chopra and Vikas Seth will also be seen in the show.
India's youngest TV Chef, Saransh Goila, will bring contemporary Indian food to the table. He holds the record for being the first chef to have travelled across 25 Indian states for 100 days, by road, in search of food. Chef Rahul Kulkarni, a known continental food specialist, will also weave his magic in the kitchen.
Sanjeev Kapoor Ke Kitchen Khiladi airs from Monday to Friday at 8 pm on Sony Entertainment Television.
When professional expertise is pitted against age-old recipes passed down from one generation to the other, one can expect the cauldron to be a heady mix of flavours. So when India's super chef Sanjeev Kapoor presents a brand new cooking reality show, Sanjeev Kapoor Ke Kitchen Khiladi, one can expect the stakes to be high. Compared to the other cookery based reality shows, this show which premiered on September 16 on Sony Entertainment Television, catches your attention for its simple and authentic approach sans the hype and hoopla associated with the other shows.
With absolutely no frills attached, the dishes stirred up on the showed are easy to make and understand. You really don't have to scramble to the internet each time to search the Indian term of a particular herb or ingredient! And what is absolutely fascinating is to see simple, ordinary people competing with Cordon Bleu chefs like Harpal Singh Sokhi, Ajay Chopra, Mexican food specialist Vikas Seth, India's Youngest TV Chef and Limca record holder Saransh Goila, and Continental food specialist Rahul Kulkarni. For example, a family of four takes on any of the chef in cooking up dishes that are considered family's culinary pride. The challenge for the chefs will be that they will have no advance knowledge of the dishes and no one to help them. Both the chef and a member of the family cooks and presents the same dish to Sanjeev Kapoor, who will announce the best among them for the coveted title of Swaad ke Sartaaj.
One of the episode that I watched was that of a Maharashtrian housewife preparing Ganesh festival special modak and the simple Vaal khichdi"she beat chef Ajay Chopra thus winning the coveted badge of Swaad ke Sartaaj!
Another interesting element incorporated in the show, which not only entertains the viewers who can thoroughly enjoy the two parties battle it out in the kitchen, is that they also get an opportunity to learn recipes as part of the Dish of the Day' segment in each episode.
Another and most important brownie point that the show earns
in its favour is the diversity of the culinary spread that each episode shall bring. The best families from all over the country taking part in the competition have been shortlisted by Kapoor after an audition. So, sitting in the comfort of your living room, enjoy the diverse culinary fare that our country has to offer and feel proud of it.
Sanjeev Kapoor Ke Kitchen Khiladi
Host: Sanjeev Kapoor
Monday- Friday, 8 pm, Sony Entertainment
Verdict: A veritable treat of simple home-cooked dishes with the promise to tickle the taste buds.
The sets of cookery show, "Sanjeev Kapoor Ke Kitchen Khiladi" will be transformed into a dancing stage to celebrate navratri with " War Chhod Na Yaar" cast Javed Jaffery, Sharman Joshi and Soha Ali Khan.
"During the shoot the actors started playing dandiya using the cooking spoons and utensils as dandiya sticks. The host Sanjeev Kapoor was surprised to see what was happening in his kitchen but eventually joined them in the fun," said a source close to the show.
The episode will be aired Friday on Sony Entertainment Television.
Mumbai: The master of
toasting delicacies, India's ace chef Sanjeev Kapoor likely to appear in a film
'Master Chef' directed by Shuja Ali.
"I want to make a complete food-based film and I have approached Sanjeev Kapoor. Sanjeev really liked the script and he is in love with it. He said he never thought a director would approach him for a film. I am very much excited about the film," said Ali.
Shuja says that 'Master Chef' will be the first film based on food.
He said, "The film itself is titled 'Master Chef' and who better than Sanjeev can be part of the film. He is a very knowledgeable person. Once he signs the film, we may start rolling. We have not really explored this genre before, so food drama will be a new genre in itself."
Sanjeev have already been a famous face of the television world. He has hosted and judged the show Sanjeev Kapoor Ke Kitchen Khiladi and was a celebrity judge on MasterChef Season 3 - Kitchen ke Superstar.
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