Celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor was flown to the United Arab Emirates to prepare a five-course vegetarian extravaganza for no other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The star chef was called in for the dinner hosted by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority that controls the $800 billion sovereign wealth fund of the oil-rich Gulf country.
The Jumeirah Etihad Towers venue set a perfect backdrop to the Abu Dhabi skyline as course after course was served on this Indo-Arab menu, including a Royal Gujarati thali and a 100-karat gold dessert.
A perfect blend of Indian and local Arabic favourites such as Beiruti hummus, fatoush and grilled halloumi were served at the dinner.
Kapoor took to Twitter following the feast, tweeting: “An honour and pleasure to cook for our PM Narendra Modi ji and other dignitaries.”
Chef Akshay Nayyar, who was also part of the team, tweeted: “Honoured to host the Indian PM. Truly inspired by his kind words.”