On the Hot Seat with Vikas Khanna
One of the sexiest chefs on television, Vikas Khanna loves cooking, but he also loves keeping fit. He has cooked for celebrities and presidents from different countries, won several titles and awards, and built an empire from scratch in the Big Apple, but today he takes some time out to give us his fitness mantras. Along with how he maintains that sexy body, he also tells us about his idea of a perfect (and healthy!) dinner date.
Most chefs are on the stouter side, yet Vikas Khanna has a great physique even after trying and tasting food from all over the world. He confesses, “I'm very disciplined when it comes to eating and working out. I generally workout 6 hrs a week, plus 2 hrs running.”
Even though Vikas Khanna travels and tries out local food he follows a healthy meal routine: “I'm generally on a high protein diet. Egg whites, lots of daals and sprouts, grilled chickens. One very important rule is that I never eat past 9ish pm.” But there are times when he cannot escape unhealthy food, “Once I had to cook an entire meal around Foie Gras for BMW and I had to keep on tasting it all day long.”
A chef’s kitchen reveals a lot about him. Vikas let’s us in on the five most healthy ingredients he has in his kitchen - Boiled eggs, protein bars, lots of fruits, dry fruits and sprouts. Did you know his favourite comfort food is ‘rich creamy chicken tikka masala?’
Most women would agree, he is definitely the Indian variant to Take Home Chef, while most men would love to be him and serenade their lady love with his kind of food. So what is a dinner date with Vikas Khanna like? Without revealing much, he coyly shares a dating tip, “I generally decide on the menu after I understand the person's beliefs. It’s even more important than the cooking itself. Generally I keep it very simple and prepared.”
Does he believe that there is a common perception about Indian food being too oily, too spicy and/or too sweet? “It’s true that the perception of Indian cuisine is sometimes all this. But I consider India's home cuisine extremely Healthy. I tend to focus on that style more to create a balance.” says Vikas.
We read and loved his book Flavors First, especially its take on simple and healthy food. So what can we expect from his next endeavour, ‘Cooking for Life?’ “Generally, when I host big events around US or the World, I love to document the recipes cooked and served. So, not only does it keep the work-talent alive, but also supports an on-going support of the cause. Cooking for Life, will be in India next year.” Quite a wait for his Indian fans!