|We have featured news of Mauritian chef Shelina Permalloo winning BBC MasterChef 2012 before – as well as details and links to her website and recipes on Mauritian food !|
This week we talk to Shelina herself about Mauritian food and the MasterChef competition, how winning MasterChef and the huge audience and profile the show receives has changed people’s perceptions to Mauritian food.
Plus we get a recommendation on what Mauritian recipes people should try to go along with the good old Aussie BBQ or summer lunch !
VisitMauritius.com.au : You have been touring around the UK now for a while and you will be at the upcoming Good food Show’s in Glasgow, London and Birmingham.
We want to know what Mauritian dish people seem to like the most – and if they are going to try something Mauritian or visit a Mauritian restaurant, what do you think they should try ?
Shelina : Well as I’ve been touring I’ve been cooking lots of dishes, but one of the dishes a lot of people really like is my roti with butter ran curry and tomato and garlic chutney… It’s really simple to put together but the flavours are really powerful!
I think everyone should try ‘cari Grois pois’ butter bean curry ‘ gateaux piment’ chilli cakes ‘Bol renverse’ upside down bowl and most definitely or fried noodles with garlic water…!
VisitMauritius.com.au : We love the way you cooked Mauritian food throughout the BBC MasterChef Competition. Did you ever have any fears that the cuisine wouldn’t provide the range or scope needed to create quality dishes good enough to win the competition ?
Shelina : I was nervous throughout the show and I definitely wasn’t sure whether Mauritian food and the food I grew up eating would be good enough but the more I refined my flavours and improved my techniques my food kept praised!
I think the main thing I learnt throughout the show was any great cook / chef should always cook food they love.
VisitMauritius.com.au : As brand ambassador for Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa – a resort that puts huge emphasis on its gourmet food – are you working with the chefs at the resort on any projects ?
Shelina : Next year I will be working with the resort on a couple of cookery courses for guests which will be a lot of fun, and will be working with the head chef to develop something on their menu.
VisitMauritius.com.au : The Maradiva’s sister property, the Sands resort, has one of the best coconut chocolate soufflé’s around at their beach front restaurant ! Have you tried it ?
Shelina : I haven’t but now you’ve told me ill have to go there and try it!
VisitMauritius.com.au : With summer coming up in Australia – can you recommend a good dish for a summer lunch for Aussies to make ?
Shelina : Aussies love a BBQ ! So I think they should have a try at steaming fish on there, take a banana leaf and some red snapper fillets, and cover the base of the leaf with crushed fresh tomatoes, chopped chilli, some chopped coriander stalk, handful of dedicated coconut, some oil and salt, lay the fillets over this and wrap the leaf into a parcel; place in the BBQ and cook! Serve in the leaf with all the wonderful sauce created by the marinade!
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Check out some of our other food related posts : Mauritian Food – Whats Hot : Mauritian Cuisine showcased by MasterChef UK 2012 Winner Shelina Permalloo @hungrymauritian : Mauritian and Creole Cuisine – a blend of the exotic