Following appearances on Great British Menu and Market Kitchen, double Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar takes on his first presenting role. Atul’s Spice Kitchen sees the chef explore Malaysia’s cuisine and a spice trade that’s influenced by China, India, Portugal and Thailand. When Chef Atul was in Kuala Lumpur, you will get to see Food bloggers, Ciki (me!) and Jon (of AlilFatMonkey) introduce Atul to The Garden of Love restaurant. The series was first aired on UKTV’s Good Food channel on the 24th October 2010 and subsequent repeats may just come to Malaysia.
Running five critically-acclaimed London restaurants, Atul has been credited as re-inventing Indian cuisine in the UK and is no stranger to exciting, flavour-packed food. But it’s not long before Atul, known as a master of spice, realises he has lots to learn. Malaysia is an exciting hub and melting pot where so many nationalities, cuisines and cooks have come together to produce a food lover’s paradise. From the Nyonya dishes that combine Chinese ingredients with the flavours of Southeast Asia, to the deep, rich curries of India, Malaysians have historically adapted each contributing country’s dishes to suit their tastes. Atul lands in Malaysia’s vibrant and ethnically diverse capital, Kuala Lumpur where he meets two young food-bloggers who introduce him to a hidden gem of a restaurant on the outskirts of the city. There will also be scenes of sampling some authentic Nyonya cuisine in Melaka as Atul gets shown the historical sights in this quaint little town.. and he will even get to sample the infamous durian as part of his street-food initiation!
We had a lot of fun, being a part of the production. Thank you Elizabeth and team at Denham Productions for the opportunity to partake!
The restaurant featured by Ciki and AlilFatMonkey:
#3024, Jalan Melati
Kampung Damai bt. 18
For the old school readers: click HERE for a map
GPS coordinates N 03 13.808 E 101 32.963