Radhika Howarth, a food consultant, nutritionist, digital content creator, flavour enthusiast and iGlobal columnist, has been riding the waves of a popular new foodie series now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
‘The World Cook’ is a new seven-part series which brings together 16 international cooks competing in a fast-paced, game changing, mouth-watering cooking competition. The show is hosted by French presenter Fred Sireix and Britain’s Emma Willis, who steer the show as chefs from around the world go head-to-head to be crowned “The World Cook” – where UK-based Howarth represents India.
“It was unbelievable, and a dream come true to get this opportunity to represent India. It is such an honour to represent Indian and its diversity of cuisines on a global stage with such great chefs from 15 other countries,” Howarth told iGlobal.
“I was excited to showcase the variety of flavours in our cuisine and change the perception some people have that Indian food is hot and spicy. I wanted to show that Indian cuisine is a lot more than korma and tikka! This also put a huge responsibility on me to do justice to the flavours and food of India. I was conscious of being in front of millions of viewers and therefore wanted to ensure that I do India and Indian cuisine proud,” she said.
The competition involves the chefs being flown to destinations around the world to TUI BLUE hotels and the prize for the winning chef is a restaurant at the TUI BLUE El Dorado Seaside Suites hotel in Mexico named after them, and their dish added to the à la carte menu.
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Howarth, for whom cooking is a passion which takes her on a culinary journey around the world exploring and enjoying flavours and cuisines, embraced the format with much excitement.
She added: “I love experimenting with flavours and techniques from different cultures, creating and combining flavours to create fun and flavourful dishes and adding my own twists to old classics.
“For me cooking is about using my intuition and creativity to create a taste explosion. It is a creative outlet that allows me to express myself in the most delicious way. Food is a way for me to connect with people and cultures and also to bridge gap between different countries. Food is about creating memories and bringing people together.”
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It is with this ethos that Howarth runs her Radikal Kitchen brand, around the theme of “flavours without borders”.