Gourmet Central is a delectable series from the highly successful and personable chef, Vicky Ratnani. Be prepared to get totally hooked to Vicky’s fancy foods that are turned into irresistibly simple recipes. This is a food show with a special appearance, not of any celebrity, but of his alter ego. Its a unique show where the chef is in conflict with his inner self. Watch and see him overcome!
Vicky Ratnani will wave his magical charm and cook up a huge variety for special occasions as well as the small, everyday pleasures. He'll also share useful easy tips and fuss-free ideas that make entertaining truly effortless. Every episode revolves around a broad central theme or situation on which the main menu is based.
Showtime:Monday to Friday 7 pm (IST)
|Episode 32: Food for love!|
Ever wondered what to cook for her on a hot date? Gourmet Guru Vicky Ratnani will share his secret menu on this episode of Gourmet Central.
The magic ingredients are Beetroot and lots of love! So what follows is a yummy coconut and Beetroot Soup, Beetroot Cakes and Beetroot Ravioli made especially for the love of your life.
|Episode 31: Yummy Hungama|
Catch all the excitement and hungama on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times as Gourmet Guru Vicky Ratnani tells his fans all about himself – his likes, his dislikes and of course his favourite foods. He cooks up a yummy meal of Stir Fried Lamb with Spring Onions, Mutton Lasagna and Corn and Potato Bisque in this episode of Gourmet Central
|Episode 30: Farm Fresh|
Weekends are the perfect getaways and there can be no better place for our Gourmet Guru than a rustic farm, away from the maddening crowd. He takes in pure air, enjoys the greenery and basks in the outdoors, and is on the lookout for fresh produce and diary!
Its going the rustic way for the Gourmet Guru, this time in his splendid kitchen as he draws inspiration from his perfect weekend and prepares the most delicious recipes. These include an Injected Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes and Eggplant Schitzel.
|Episode 29: Sunday Rooster|
Sundays are days when you're allowed to nurse a Saturday night hangover. But our Gourmet Guru has other plans to cure his hangover. Say good bye to fresh lime soda and coffee and say hello to a mouth watering Grilled Roast Chicken with Roast Potatoes, some Fresh Market Vegetables lightly stirred, served with a Crunchy Salad. These are the Gourmet’s Guru’s secret recipe to get rid of Sunday hangover… only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times!
|Episode 28: Grill & Chill|
The monsoons seem to have a strange effect on people. This year they have had a rather strange effect on our Gourmet Guru, who was forced to leave the confined spaces of his magnificent kitchen and venture out to do something more rustic and earthy. He is cooking up a barbecue party in his mind, as he tosses and stirs an exotic Beer Can Chicken, Barbecue Sausages, Grilled Prawns along with a Salad Bar and Potato Salad…its tangy and yummy on Gourmet Central only on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 27: All is food|
When nothing seems to be going right, we are cheered up and told that all will be well. “All izz well” sure seems to be catching up amongst all. But for our Gourmet Guru it is and always will be, All Is Food. Vicky elevates his spirits by preparing a Mixed Leaves Salad with a twist, a mysterious Sicilian Style Linguine with Eggplants and Roasted Peppers and an exquisite Grilled Grouper – a spread that will have you saying we want more, only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 26: Shopping|
From Fridge Malls, Super Marts, Vegetable Shops, we have seen Vicky shop at these places but have we ever wondered that some of the best things in life are those that are found at home! Catch Vicky Ratnani go on a hunting spree at his home as he digs out stuff, from his fridge and cabinets so that he can toss up some delicious dishes.
With all that he can find, he concocts a delicious barley salad, lovely tomato pilaf and wild mushroom ragout, back in his kitchen, only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 25: Fun with proteins|
Just like learning is fun, so is cooking and this time the Gourmet Guru is having fun with his proteins. Catch him on this extremely energetic episode that is high on proteins and with recipes that are easy, simple and delightfully light.
Watch Vicky Ratnani having the time of his life in his magnificent kitchen being his effervescent and joyous self, stirring up - a unique Fish en Paupiette, a deliciously different Sweet and Sour Chicken and wonderful Shrimps in Black Bean Sauce – recipes that are high on nutrition and proteins. Truly, healthy eating is the way to good life on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 24: Voices calling|
Our Gourmet Guru’s siesta is disturbed when strange voices keep calling out his name. There’s mystery in the air and the Gourmet Guru is curious about who is calling out to him.
Is Vicky able to crack this mystery? Watch the suspense unfold as Vicky cooks up some exquisite Gazpacho, a sensational Patatas Bravas and an authentic Spanish Omelet only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 23: Midweek crisis|
It’s a normal weekday, hectic schedules, weird deadlines and chances are anything that can go wrong, goes wrong!
When spirits are low and the mood is dull, our Gourmet Guru finds solace in his magnificent kitchen where he is in his element with his beloved ingredients. So, what is Chef Vicky cooking in his mind to restore his spirits?
You get no points for guessing it right as he stirs up some lip smacking dishes like Garlic Balsamic Shrimps, Brown Onion Pilaf and Tuna and Green Bean Salad on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 22: Friends forever|
For Vicky Ratnani, his friends are his lifeline and he is thrilled to that they are coming over to his place. So what is this fiesta that he has planned?
While our Gourmet Guru is gearing up to surprise his friends by making something crunchy like Popcorn Crusted Fish Fingers, something extremely cheesy like the Cheesy Baked Pasta and something deliciously sweet like Fruit Trifle, little does he know that his friends have planned a special surprise for him!
Catch this extremely fun filled episode with Vicky and his gang. All this and more – only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times!
|Episode 21: Forgotten Potluck|
Gourmet Guru overslept and missed out on a potluck party. He wakes up and learns that his friends have gone ahead and partied without him.
Well, this really doesn't upset him. Instead he goes and tosses up a delightful meal for himself - a watermelon, olive and feta salad, stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and a delicious Jambalaya - something his friends would yearn for, in a highly delectable series of Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 20: Kholi Ishtyle|
Vicky is pleasantly happy to see HER at his doorstep and so happy he is to see her, that he can’t stop blushing and behaving like a little boy on his first date!
A chance encounter which makes him forget food for a while only to come back to it again. A rendezvous that has him on cloud 9 and become an absent minded professor.
But who is SHE? Don’t miss this episode to learn a wonderfully fun method of cooking fish with a baked salt crust. Also on the menu - Healthy Chicken Strips on a Methi Sprout & Plum Salad and a totally yummy Coconut and Lychee Crème Caramel.
To find out who made the Gourmet Guru go week in his knees tune in to Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times!
|Episode 19: The Work of Art|
In this episode, the Gourmet Central kitchen comes alive with a rainbow of colors, flavors, textures and aromas. Gourmet Guru Vicky Ratnani in an attempt to recreate art through cooking, prepares recipes from different eras that connect with great artists of the world.
He makes a Mediterranean Vegetable Paella – reminding him of Picasso, Bread Salad and Chicken Piccatta – in honour of the great Leonardo Da Vinci and a Trout Almondine in memory of the legendary Monet.
To know all about gourmet cooking, its style and representation, watch Vicky Ratnani in action as he paints a picture of classic gourmet recipes on Gourmet Central.
|Episode 18: You’ve Got Mail|
The gourmet guru loves to cook and he likes it even better when his fans ask him for help and suggestions. An SOS from an ardent fan has the chef battling it out in his kitchen for that perfect recipe that will satisfy his ardent fans’ emergency problem.
Her list of demands is long. She wants a barley dish with chicken and an Italian Parma Ham dish brings out the best in the Gourmet Guru.
Catch the Gourmet Guru as he helps out a fan in need only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 17: Size Zero|
Zero is the new ten. Fitness being the new fad its caught the fancy of our Gourmet Guru. In an attempt to get fit and healthy, Vicky tries to motivate himself to exercise with a regime that makes him loose some inches and cook up a feast that would be ideal for any fitness freak.
It will help you go easy on the calories, with recipes that include the divinely delicious Soy Ginger Glazed Chicken, lovely and totally innovative Sweet Potato Fries and an exquisite Greek Salad. Recipes that add a lot to your plate and little to your waistline.
|Episode 16: Goa|
Sun, sand, seafood and fun with amazing food. All this in one destination, magnificent Goa. Our gourmet guru thinks its the coolest place in India.
Rest, rejuvenation and a wide array of mouthwatering seafood dishes, catch Vicky Ratnani as he sizzles in his kitchen cooking up the most delicious seafood recipes, reminiscent of the good times he had in Goa.
The lovely taste of baked prawns and the delicious, spicy prawns in green chilly paste and not to forget the exquisite and mouthwatering recipe of poached prawns in fruit salsa.
|Episode 15: Rounds of Reggae|
"Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight..."
Remember Bob Marley and the entire aura around him? Did you all know that Gourmet Guru is a huge Bob Marley fan and simply adores him? Well, now you do.
What's in store for you today? Plenty of rhythm churned out from the gourmet guru's kitchen.
If you want to know how the notes of Jamaican music inspire gourmet guru to twirl up an aromatic meal, keep watching!
It all happens here, only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 14: Down Memory Lane|
The gourmet guru is the King of good times and loves chilling out, having fun and more importantly good food. Any place is a new experience and a new flavour.
What are his fond memories? What are his favourite places that he likes visiting? What was his favourite cuisine?
Catch Vicky Ratnani on a lip-smacking trail of his fondest memories and experiences that has influenced his culinary skills and tickled his taste buds only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 13: No Home Delivery|
In this jet set life of ours we have become used to having things tailor-made for us. We don't want to make the effort if we can possibly avoid it. As a result, most of us pick up the phone and order food - instant Home Delivery.
Now, home delivery is an absolute no no for the gourmet guru. Catch him on a trailblazing culinary path as he cooks up some all-time favorites. The ease and elegance of these lip smacking dishes will make you say goodbye to home delivery forever.
Watch the gourmet guru as he cooks up a feast that will appeal to the most ardent take-away food fans. Only on gourmet central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 12: Veggie Shopping|
If you want to cook well, you should know your food well. If you want to know your food well, buy it yourself. That's the gourmet guru's philosophy.
When it comes to his kitchen, Vicky loves to shop and shop he does till he doesn't drop. Vicky Ratnani along with the team of Gourmet Central set out for some pure unadulterated veggietainment.
Catch Vicky, your gourmet guru, away from the supermarkets, at a local vegetable shop. Find out what delights him after he sees different vegetables in different colours, shapes and sizes.
Back home, with his " shopping", Vicky is a proud man as he prepares an exotic meal full of taste, spice and aromas.... only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 11: Party Fever|
When it comes to parties and if you are the host, it may not be that much fun. The standard question is what should the menu be. Why fear, when the Gourmet Guru is here?
In this episode, Gourmet Guru decides to have some fun in his kitchen and party away. What’s sizzling at Gourmet Central? What’s hot and what has the Gourmet Guru planned?
Catch a fantastic culinary party…Gourmet Central only on NDTV Good Times where the aromas make the Gourmet Guru dance to their tunes!
|Episode 10: Soccer Mania|
Soccer, a game followed like religion in several countries, has rubbed off on our very own Gourmet Guru too. During his travels to several soccer playing countries our Chef is smitten by the soccer bug.
This soccer season when everyone is glued to the television, the gourmet guru shows you ways in which you can not only have fun watching but also eating.
Kick off your football craze with some lip smacking delicacies only on Gourmet Central on NDTV Good Times.
|Episode 9: Thinking Cap|
Every once in a while even the greatest artist is on the look out for new ideas. There is a constant search for a source of inspiration. While our Gourmet Guru is confused and at a loss of ideas, his inspiration comes from the least expected source – his evil Italian twin. Do sparks fly? Does the inspiration help? What did it take for the Gourmet Guru to get inspired to cook up a storm?
|Episode 8: Thai Delights|
Everyone needs to take care of themselves and look nice, young and fresh. Our Gourmet Guru is no different. Along with the team of Gourmet Central, Gourmet Guru sets out to pamper himself.
He finds himself at a massage parlour to relax himself. Back home, he is looking younger, fresher and more relaxed.
Does this massage make him so relaxed that he forgets to cook or does it inspire him to be in the mood to stir up mouth watering Thai delicacies? To find out, stay tuned!
|Episode 7: Ghadi Ghadi Ghantee Bajee|
Our adorable chef is having his much needed siesta on a lazy afternoon when the door bell rings.
Irritated, he answers the door and whom does he find? Does broken sleep make him grumpy or does it make him hungry? What does he have next in his mind?
This is a must watch episode, as you will feel an emotional connect with Vicky's state of mind in this episode.
|Episode 6: A Gift!|
Gourmet Central is soon gaining a huge fan following. Watch our Gourmet Guru, Vicky Ratnani, as he receives a 'Gift' - a gift that takes him down memory lane as he shares with us many delightful experiences that he has savoured.
The mood in this episode is most definitely Mexican, so the gourmet chef stirs up some delicious Mexican cuisine. And there’s someone else to share his plate.
Find out, the on screen camaraderie and chemistry of another surprise package.
|Episode 5: Deja Vu|
All of us love to sleep and so does our Gourmet Guru. What happens when Vicky’s siesta is broken just because his evil Italian twin is hungry and wants something to eat. Vicky knows that he will not be in peace, till he feeds his Italian twin, Half Asleep, does Vicky cooks up an array of simple, easy and mouth watering delicacies or does he goof it up in a state of half slumber. Is he able to gratify his evil twins hunger pangs at night?
Will be able to stir up an appetite that will satisfy any one’s hunger palette whether they are studying till late at night, are back home from work late at night etc. Catch this episode to know if there is something to eat, for everyone here anytime of the day or night on Gourmet Central!
|Episode 4: Hey Mamma, Where Art Tho|
There is a child in every man and this episode highlights the child in Vicky, whose happiness knows no bound on learning that his mother is going to be visiting him. The episode starts with Vicky clearing his mess as his mother likes cleanliness, and cooking his mom’s favourite delicacies – a fillet of Ravas as his mom simply enjoys the long and slender Ravas.
In between the food preparation, wherein Vicky is cooking his mother’s favourite delight, we show Vicky remembering his mom’s words on what she likes and what she doesn’t like. Is Vicky’s mother impressed with the meal that her son has tossed up for her? Find out in this heart rendering episode!
|Episode 3: I, Me, Myself!|
We all have a devil within us and every once in a while we all experience moments of madness we never knew we had within us. But what if the evil alter ego decides to play havoc in our life. Well it is always bound to be interesting for one.
Here we have our Gourmet Guru enjoying his kitchen and its solidarity when his evil twins show up. Yeah! Its double trouble this time and we are in for a treat as both the evil twins, his Italian and Indian avatars keep pestering him on how to cook.
Will the ridicule sit well with our Gourmet Guru? Will he loose his anger?
|Episode 2: Cuban Moves|
Everyone is born with a dance to life. A dance that brings out the inner child in us. Today we have Chef Vicky tapping away to the groovy tunes of the Salsa. Well the tap of the latino grooves inspires him to stir up a Cuban culinary revolution. A revolution that is in true accordance with the revolutionary within the Gourmet Guru.
Rushing to the kitchen with his new found passion our Gourmet Guru stirs up our palates with some delightful Cuban dishes…
|Episode 1: Something Fishy:|
Gourmet Guru, Vicky Ratnani sets out with the team of Gourmet Central to a local bazaar to have some fun under the sun and as he goes about in his quest he immediately senses ‘something fishy’. He lets his nose guide his legs and Voila! He’s at a fish market and before him is his most favored shape, dazzling sensuous and streamlined.
Satisfied he returns home only to be surprised once again. A surprise that motivates him to stir up a culinary feast that reminds him so much of his Dadi Ma ki Khichidi and not to forget his sweet tooth.
Stay tuned to find out what caught Chef Vicky’s fancy and what surprise awaited him at home.
Here's a big quickie with a difference! Vicky Ratnani cooks up some sensational, lip-smacking flat noodles. Throw in some squid pieces along with chicken and garden fresh veggies, toss them with spices, herbs and flat noodles.
|Chef Vicky Ratnani:|
He is witty, wacky, wicked with a great sense of humour. He endears you with his cute and funny little ways. When he cooks he is clueless about the world around him. His lounge and the kitchen are his favourite hang outs. He loves walking in his garden and his herb plants are his best friends.
Intensively trained and extensively traveled, Vicky is the Corporate Chef for fine dining at Aurus in Mumbai.
His personal style is - loose T-Shirts, Bermudas, Flip Flops and of course, his chef hat. Meet Vicky Ratnani, who uses global flavours with local produce to create delicious and exotic meals in Gourmet Central.
| Episode 3|
Roasted Broccoli Salad
| Episode 2|
Cuban Spiced Chicken with Black Bean and Pineapple Salsa and Mofongo
| Episode 2|
Cuban Pumpkin Soup
| Episode 1|
Surmai Steak with Red Pepper Coulis and Green Pea Risotto