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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a five day trip to the United States of America where he plans to meet and hold meetings with some of the biggest names in the finance, IT, media and social sectors along with some senior diplomats and CEOs of top global companies. According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup, the crux of the visit rests on striking a dialogue on areas like innovation, manufacturing and start-ups with some of the biggest global market leaders as well as diplomats.
The Agenda will be to highlight the 'Make in India' campaign and call for more manufacturing investments in India. Mr. Modi will also sit with some of the biggest names in the finance sector and New York's most prominent banking agencies. PM Modi is set to meet media mogul Rupert Murdoch and 15 other leaders to discuss the role of communication technology for development. In addition to this, there is also a lavish, all-organic dinner tonight that will be held at the Waldorf Astoria. Prime Minister Narendra Modi shall meet and dine with 47 top American CEOs of Fortune 500 companies like Goldman Sachs, Ford, BlackStone, Boeing, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Citigroup, Dupont, Cargill, Starwood and Paypal. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi shall also attend the grand dinner.
When such global heavyweights are to come together to dine, the gastronomic spread can be nothing short of extravagant excellence. Michelin Star chef Vikas Khanna is vested with the responsibility to serve the best of Indian cuisine on the dinner table tonight. According to reports, celebrity chef Vikas Khanna was approached by government officials to create a lavish menu for the dinner at Waldorf for which the celebrated chef has been laboring for over months, fusing together different flavours and delicacies from across the nation. Essentially, the menu is supposed to be a culinary exhibition of India's rich gastronomic culture showcasing different national as well as regional festivals and delicacies associated with each one of them.
The seven-course fusion menu is believed to be inspired by Khanna's book "Utsav: A culinary epic of Indian festivals," including regional delicacies teamed with International techniques. Some of the dishes that will grace the exclusive plates tonight include PaneerRavioli, Mizoram Black Rice Khichdi, Coconut Rice Creme Brulee, ThandaiChicken, PomegranateSangria with Tandoori Pineapple, Coconut Chutney Mousse, CornDhokla Molten Cake with Berry Compote, Sevaiyan Cakes and much, much more!
Reportedly, many local ingredients were flown especially from the country to New York for Chef Vikas Khanna and team to create some of the most authentic and traditional dishes.
Amritsar born celebrity chef who also owns a restaurant 'Junoon' in New York has also included a special type of Modak in the menu which is his spin on a recipe shared with him by the legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar.
After hosting a culinary treat for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CEOs of top global companies in New York, Michelin starred chef Vikas Khanna will present his book titled "Utsav - A culinary epic of Indian festivals" to US President Barack Obama.
"I will be handing over my book 'Utsav' to US President Barack Obama," said chef Vikas Khanna.
Weighing 16 kg, the book, which was launched in Cannes at the Cannes International Film Festival earlier this year, is written with pure gold ink. The over 1,000-page coffee table book, published by Bloomsbury Publishing, contains 1,000 recipes from 70 Indian festivals.
According to reports, PM Modi is scheduled to have separate meetings with Michael Bloomberg, and Marillyn A. Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation. He will be attending The G-4 summit on September 26 followed by his meeting with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Apple CEO Tim Cook on 26th and 27th September. Mr. Modi will also attend a Facebook town hall, followed by a meeting with its Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
He is due to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on September 28.
Inputs from IANS