Not many people would know this but there is a Chef’s Studio in the heritage wing of Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai, and it offers what is perhaps the most luxurious dining experience in India. It’s hosted eminent figures such as Michelle and Barack Obama, Sachin Tendulkar, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and Amitabh Bachchan. Since its inception in 2006, it’s organised many private dinners with the starting price of Rs 1.5 lakhs (meal for two), and another Rs 25,000 for each diner that wants to join the table. Apart from the exclusivity of the diners they pick for Chef’s Studio, what makes it expensive?
If you’re shelling out this much, then you’d want to be treated like a star. And Chef’s Studio ensure that you do. The entry is flanked by a red carpet, flowers, and candles. The intimate space can host upto eight people and the decor is customised to the last detail, with flowers, hanging elements from the ceiling, and so on. Of course, the meal is customised as well and it is served with the alcohol of your choice. Typically, it’s a 12-course meal paired with Dom Perignon and cuisines from India, Thailand, Japan, Europe, and techniques like molecular, modern fusion, and more. Prime ingredients are sourced from across the globe, such as scallops from Canada, lily buds from Japan, and meats from New Zealand. They also offer a surprise course that’s not pre-decided, but in accordance with the guests’ tastes.
Taj summons top chefs from hotels across the country to curate the meals and they meet with the guests to discuss the meal plan in detail. Diners also have the option to watch their meal being prepared, on screen in the dining hall. Along with the exclusivity and attention to detail, there’s also crockery and cutlery by the most luxurious names in the business – dinnerware by Minton, serve-ware by Ercuis, and glassware by Versace, Riedel wine goblets, and Limoges porcelain – to amplify your luxury dining experience at the Chef’s Studio.
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