Zespri International, the world’s largest Kiwifruit marketer, in association with ITC Royal Gardenia,Bangalore had recently conducted a kiwifruit Master class at the Lotus Pavilion, ITC Gardenia, Bangalore and i was happy that i could be a part of the event. I had never tasted kiwi fruit as tasty as Zespri and never knew so many yummilicious dishes could be put together using Kiwi. Yogen Datta, Executive Chef, ITC Gardenia and his team demonstrated innovative and quick ways to add a zesty twist to everyday cooking with Zespri Kiwifruit.
The event started with tasting session of golden kiwi. This was the first time i came to know there existed golden breed of kiwi . And i must admit it was the tastiest kiwi that i had eaten till date . They were so sweet and juicy.
Then started array of delicious and refreshing dishes ..all from kiwi ranging from beverages and appetizers to mains and desserts. Some of the intriguing creations were Carpaccio of Kiwi with silken Tofu, Rucola and Kiwi & Rosemary Salsa, Sushi with a Kiwi twist, Kiwi Bruschetta and Coriander & Black Pepper tossed Kiwi Cheesecake. ITC Gardenia’s mixologists also created two special cocktails – Kiwi Sangria (white wine muddled with kiwi and other exotic fruit) and a Kiwi Caprioshka.
After refreshing ourselves with fresh kiwi and cocktails,we were ready to experience the masterclass with the chef and his team.
The afternoon started with no bake Kiwi Cheesecake.Chef showed us the making of it from scratch .Once done the dessert went for setting. He made the making look so simple…
After the dessert it was time to see a live demonstration of Sushi with kiwi as the hero ingredient .It was fun to watch the chef preparing sushi and explain the process in between with few blogger friends assisting him in the process.We all just loved the end product .
The third dish was the Carpaccio of Kiwi with Prawns. I didnt eat it but those who tasted it said though it was a bit chewy still tasted good.It was the first time many were tasting uncooked prawns.
Last but not the least was the simple salad prepared using silken salad and kiwi salsa . Wow they tasted so yum !!
Though it was kiwi ,kiwi and more kiwi in all the dishes we just couldn’t get enough of it. Even for the high tea it was kiwi bruschetta and kiwi cheese rolls. And they were so tasty.Loved the way in which beetroot carrot chips and kiwi cheese roll were served.
All in all it was a very good event that was so well organised. I got a nice insight about the kiwi fruit which i never knew before.I am sure like me most of us are unaware that kiwi has nutrition more than most of the other fruits. It is a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin K and a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin E. And for a diabetic patient this fruit is like tailor made.
So what are you waiting for ?Kiwi season starts from October and ends early Feb so grab these Zespri kiwi and try some recipes using it or just relish it as such . I’m sure whichever way you are just going to enjoy !!!!
Thanks to ITC Gardenia and Zespri for bringing together this highly interactive masterclass.
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