Last week we published the interview part 1 with “The 3 hungry men“.Here’s the part-2 of that interview, about the big break of the dynamic duo Mr.Nikhil Pai and Mr.Colin d’Souza (The 3 hungry men) on the show “Twist of Taste” with renowned Chef Mr.Vikas Khanna on Fox Traveller.
Mr.Vikas Khanna is an alumni of WGSHA, Manipal. He established SAANCH, a cultural festival gala, to bring together various foods and traditions from different parts of India.He has worked for the Taj, Oberoi, Welcomgroup, and Leela Group of Hotels and with some of the most influential chefs of the world including Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
He currently hosts a show called Twist of Taste on Fox Traveller in which he travels along the Indian coast, giving his personal twist of taste to coastal curries. For the segment on Mangalore and Udupi he sought our own 3 hungry men to help him eat his heart out. Here’s how-
MB Mangalore : How did you come to know that you are going to feature on an episode of “Twist of Taste”?
3 Hungry Men: We actually got a call from our friend in Mumbai who’s a hotelier. He said that he got a call from the production team of “Twist and Taste” that they wanted people to show them around Mangalore and Udupi for the episode on Karnataka, and he recommended us. Next call we got directly from the production team itself.We never expected that we would be sharing the screen with Mr.Vikas Khanna, we always thought the production team wanted guidance. But we were curious and on the next call we did ask if we are going to be coming on t.v and when the reply was positive, it was like a new feather added to our hungry caps! It was happening.
MB Mangalore : So what happened next? Tell us more about how was the whole thing done?
3 Hungry Men: We got that call 3 months before the shooting of the episode. The production team came here and did a background check of a list of places in both Mangalore and Udupi. We took them to all those places and had a great time doing so.
MB Mangalore : When did you actually meet Mr.Vikas Khanna then ?
3 Hungry Men: We were actually not allowed to talk to him before the day of the shoot. So basically on the day of the shoot is when we actually interacted with him.
MB Mangalore : How was it working with him ?
3 Hungry Men: It was such a great experience meeting him. Usually celebrities talk amicably on camera while not so much fun off the camera , but Vikas was different . He was so humble and down-to earth. Once we talked to him, he opened up to us and by the end of the shoot it felt as if we were friends since ages. We even had a impromptu eating competition with him, none of us knew of it before the shoot. It was about who could eat the highest number of Mangalore buns. But Vikas took it so sportively. It was so much fun with him!
MB Mangalore : How did you find the whole shooting process to be?
3 Hungry Men: For our segment which was about 4 minutes of that episode, it looks so easy when you watch it on television but actually is a long process. It took 6-7 takes to get the right shot. We filmed it in Car Street, and in the morning hours the place is busy with trucks and lorries. So due to that noise, we had little hiccups while filming. But at the end it felt very enjoyable and satisfying all together.
MB Mangalore : Amazing indeed.So what’s the next big thing you guys are planning to do ?
3 Hungry Men: Yeah it felt great to be on t.v so soon, earlier than we expected. We are planning exciting things. But we’d prefer everyone finds out when its all done and ready. For that you need to stay tuned to the The 3 Hungry men!
This article was co-authored by Lydia Miriam Abraham and Kalyani Parvathy who helped me do the interview. Check out the Travel Section of MB Mangalore for their amazing articles on travel.