The Westin Mumbai hosted a culinary face-off - The Clash of Italians which celebrated the nuances of authentic Italian cuisine

The Westin Mumbai Garden City's new f&b inititative brought about an unforgettable culinary experience curated by two maestros at Italian speciality restaurant, Prego

(L-R) Sharad Datta, General Manager, Chef Antonello Cancedda, Mandira Bedi, Hema Hariramani, Hotel Manager, and Chef Marouane Rahali
(L-R) Sharad Datta, General Manager, Chef Antonello Cancedda, Mandira Bedi, Hema Hariramani, Hotel Manager, and Chef Marouane Rahali

Italian speciality restaurant, Prego at The Westin Mumbai Garden City recently hosted a culinary face-off -Clash of Italians, between two chefs, who brought out the best of gastronomic experience. The one-of-its kind event celebrated the nuances of authentic and exquisite Italian cuisine that mesmerised the food lovers and guests alike.

The tasteful event was personally curated by two talented Marriott maestros - Chef Marouane Rahali, Head Chef at Alto Vino, Bengaluru Marriott Whitefield and Chef Antonello Cancedda, Chef De Cuisine. Hailing from Genoa - the capital city in the coastal region of Liguria in Italy, Antonello Cancedda, Chef De Cuisine, Prego - The Westin Mumbai Garden City showcased his expertise in seafood, while Marouane Rahali, Chef De Cuisine, Alto Vino - Bengaluru Marriott Whitefield hailing from Milan – located in the Lombardy region, - presented the specialities of this hilly province.

Sharad Datta, general manager, The Westin Mumbai Garden City

While witnessing the tough clash between the chefs, we caught up with Sharad Datta, general manager, The Westin Mumbai Garden City and here’s what he had to say on the first ever unique concept curated by them.

The menu during this 10-day festival, featured a unique amalgamation of sinfully scrumptious creations from the two talented chefs. Chef Marouane’s menu highlighted dishes dalle colline (from the hills) like Pollo tonnato (chicken slow cooked and served with tuna and capers sauce), Beetroot gnocchi, sweet blue cheese sauce toasted walnut,  Polenta croccante cuore di Gorgonzola dolce, lenticchie e salsa alle, (crispy polenta with heart of sweet Gorgonzola cheese, puy lentils stew vegetable jus). This medley can be finished with a delectable Tiramisu decomposto (deconstructed Tiramisu, mascarpone, coffee Ice cream), and Tartufo al cioccolato Belga zabaglione al liquore di nocciola frutti di bosco (Belgian dark chocolate truffle, hazelnut liquor, zabaglione, wild berries).

While Chef Antonello’s menu, dal mare (from the sea) offers prime seafood delights, well-known in Genoa like; Cappon magro (traditional Genovese antipasto, with fish, shellfish and salsa verde) Spaghetti allo scoglio, (seafood, frutti di mare homemade spaghetti, lemon zest), Grigliata mista di pesce (grilled sea bass, prawns, baby octopus, calamari, and grilled vegetables. To balance this exquisite menu, the dessert offerings include Zuppa Inglese (vanilla and chocolate cake flavoured with rose syrup) and Sorbetto al arancia e al limone (orange sorbet and lemon sorbet).

Here's glimpses of the clash and a quick chat with both the Italian maestros, who charmed the guest with their culinary skills

Chef Antonello gets candid about his dishes

Here's what Chef Marouane Rahali, Chef De Cuisine, Alto Vino - Bengaluru Marriott Whitefield had to say:

While apart from showcasing his extra-ordinary culinary skills, chef Antonello enchanted the guests with his magical singing which added to the entire experience. Here’s a close look at it

Commenting on the launch of the festival, Rahul Dhavale, executive chef – The Westin Mumbai Garden City, said “At The Westin Mumbai Garden City, it is our constant endeavor to host exciting events which not only appeal to guest palates but also create memorable experiences. The Clash of the Italians is one such event with two Italian maestros showcasing their culinary fortes and offering guests the best of Italia.”

The event was also graced by presence of celebrity guest, Mandira Bedi. And here’s what she had to say about the entire affair.

Further, Antonello Cancedda, Chef De Cuisine also talked about his overall experience and he said, “As an Italian and a local of Italy’s ancient port city - Genoa, Genoese cuisine is ingrained in me since my childhood. It is authentic, flavorful and extraordinarily enticing. I felt it would be exciting to be able to showcase both our cuisines to the Indian palate, as I know Indians are extremely appreciative of fine dining at its best.”He further adds, “The festival is a tribute to the best foods of both regions. We feel privileged to host this wonderful ensemble. It offers an assortment of techniques and diverse ingredients to deliver exactly what we both envisioned.”

(L-R) Chef Antonello Cancedda, Mandira Bedi and Chef Marouane Rahali 

Marouane Rahali, Chef De Cuisine, Alto Vino - Bengaluru Marriott Whitefield, also shared his experience serving the guests and he said, “Mumbai is a culturally rich city with an unmatched culinary diversity and it is always a pleasure to be here. It is truly an honour to be associated with Prego and a fellow Italian Chef to give this unique city a glimpse into the unique diversity of Italian flavours. Chef Antonello and I have carefully curated individual menus that resonate the essence of our respective homelands and the best of Italia for the Indian palate. Simple cooking with fresh produce is the motto of Italian cooking.”

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