For Subha Ramiah, who was born and raised in Chennai and later settled in the US, introduction to cooking started at a very young age, right at home. “I would watch my mother, a lecturer, wake up every single day at 5 am to prepare a meal for our family.
“It has been an amazing journey getting back to my home town. When I was planning to visit Chennai, I asked Noah, who became a good friend during the filming of MasterChef, if he wanted to join. He readily agreed and I am glad to explore the region with him, and also to be able to cook with him for a good cause. I have known Vidya Shankar of the Relief Foundation in Chennai, which is bringing quality Montessori education to rural kids. I wanted to give back through my cooking, so we decided to cook for over 100 families from Gummidipoondi using locally-grown ingredients,” recollects Subha, speaking to DT Next.
Subha and Noah took their MasterChef experience and finesse to present children and adults from Gummidipoondi a meal of vegetarian gumbo (a stew popular in Louisiana of the US), rice and salad. “It was exciting to make a vegetarian gumbo out of local vegetables,” Subha shares, adding, “I believe that food is thy medicine and medicine is thy food. Using right herbs and ingredients, I have been able to reverse my type-2 diabetes.”
The duo also worked with the staff at the Gossip Bistro on East Coast Road to present a MasterChef-inspired meal to city’s foodies. “Noah and I brought cooking and plating techniques that we learned during our time on the show. I specialise in Indo-Cajun flavours, so we included a jambalaya and gumbo on the menu,” adds Subha. Noah, however, admits to have fallen in love with idli, sambar and masala dosa. “It has been a lovely food pilgrimage for me. I’ve tried several dishes and have been loving the flavours. We will be going on a tour across the state to Kodaikanal to cook a meal there and will be exploring food in and around Karaikudi,” he remarks.