Dream destination: Three top chefs tell us what’s stirring their wanderlust

Whether it’s a new place they want to explore or a favourite that they wish they could go to again, these well-travelled chefs share where it is they’d like to be vacationing right now if there were no travel restrictions.
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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

One of the most recognisable faces of Indian cooking, this famous chef has not only hosted Khana Khazana on TV for almost two decades, but also runs a successful culinary-centric channel called – what else? – FoodFood, started his own restaurants, and has authored scores of best-selling cookbooks, apart from sharing more than 10,000 surefire recipes on his website.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

Where are you now? I’m currently at home in Mumbai.

Where would you like to be? I would have loved to be in Japan right now, as the Tokyo Olympics are on.

What would you have liked to be doing there? Having the best food you can enjoy while you watch the Games. Tokyo is a great place to be. I think I’ll settle for Japanese at home tonight!

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Tokyo is vibrant at night too. Image: Pexels/Aleksandar Pasaric.


Chef Vineet Bhatia

The first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star for the restaurant he owned in London, he’s gone on to create multiple award-winning restaurants across the world, author best-selling cookbooks, create fab TV series, and even make time to be a judge on Masterchef India and The Final Table. As passionate and adventurous about travel as he is about progressive Indian cuisine, he even trekked up to the Everest Base Camp in June 2018 to set up a ‘pop-up restaurant’ for 10 diners that flew in via helicopter. In December 2019, he prepared a gourmet Indian meal each day on board the French cruise liner Ponant along with Chef Alain Ducasse’s team, for the 10-day sail to Antarctica. Read more about him here.

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Chef Vineet Bhatia.

Where are you now? Dubai, which is also home, besides London.

Where would you like to be? Bhutan.

What would you have liked to be doing there? Exploring the last standing Buddhist country in the world and soaking in all the happiness from the happiest place on Earth! I have no idea what Bhutanese food is and so that also would be on top of my list!

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The beautiful Bhutanese Dzong in Punakha. Image: Shutterstock/KashyapShantanu.


Chef Vicky Ratnani

From being the first ever Indian Executive Chef in the history of the Cunard Line and world cruises on prestigious liners like the Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2, the award-winning chef has taught culinary arts, created loads of cooking shows that also incorporate his ‘wanderful’ approach to world cuisine, opened several restaurants, been consulted by food brands, and developed a streaming web series called Vicky The Gastronaut, which has over 10 million views, and has been filmed in Peru and Australia. Thailand will be his next port of call for the gastronomic adventure. Read more about him here.

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Chef Vicky Ratnani.

Where are you now? Mumbai.

Where would you like to be? San Francisco.

What would you have liked to be doing there? Cooking, drinking wine, trying out new places, exploring and cooking at farmers’ markets. I also love visiting the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

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The stunning San Francisco skyline at sunset. Image. Shutterstock/Engel Ching.

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