Divided by borders, united by flavours. Bringing the exuberance from Colombia, the food festival at the Taj Mahal hotel celebrated the melange of flavours and culture of Colombia and India. The acclaimed Chef Alejandro Gutierrez and Executive Chef Arun Sundararaj unraveled the rich Colombian cuisine for the guests. A huge treat for a foodie that is what the week-long food festival at Machan was.

The iconic 24-Hour International eatery was vibrant with elements of the Colombian heritage, festooned with Colombian music, flags, paintings and coffee table books. Master Chef Alejandro Gutierrez and Juan Manuel Ortiz from Colombia and the Taj culinary experts led by Executive Chef Arun Sundararaj have curated an array of scrumptious delicacies.


Elaborating on the culinary experience, Executive Chef Arun Sundararaj, Taj Mahal, New Delhi, said, “It has been an impeccable experience to work alongside Chef Alejandro and share some of our culinary tricks with each other. We constantly endeavour to offer unmatched culinary experiences to our guests and the Colombian Food Festival is yet another attempt to bring something out of the ordinary to the table!”

On his maiden visit to Machan, Master Chef Alejandro Gutierrez, who runs the kitchen of Salvo Patria – awarded by The Diners Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, said, “India has always been a vibrant country in terms of its rich culture and cuisine just like Colombia where food changes across geographies. Our food is known for its diversity, rich and versatile flavours and I am very excited to be here at the Taj Mahal Hotel, to offer the city of Delhi, a taste of the Colombian gastronomic journey!”

On 2 June, the week-long Colombian food festival ended with leaving a lingering aroma of coffee behind. The chefs concluded their journey with a coffee masterclass,  guests learned three brewing methods and explored the single origin coffees from the regions of Colombia. Over the years Machan has clearly established itself as the best coffee shop for elaborate brunches to having idyllic cups of coffee and ‘bullseye’ or to experience new cuisines.

This is how we brew coffee! Coffee Masterclass.

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Chef Juan Manuel Ortiz said, “The journey was too short but this was a teaser and I will definitely come back. We had the best time this week and the highlight was the people, how warm and respectful they are.”

Commenting on the festival, Clemencia Forero Ucrós, Ambassador of Colombia to India, said: “Colombia is a diverse country given its culture, geography, and rich history making it a unique and genuine gastronomic destination. You will be captivated with the incredible natural biodiversity and the exquisite and peculiar cuisine from its different regions. We are delighted to be associated with The Taj Mahal Hotel to present the Colombian Food Festival at Machan; it was indeed a week of magical realism.”