After an intense online, Television, social media and print campaign in the quest to find the host of the upcoming show Kawan Kitchen Mate, the producers revealed the winner today. Applicant Kunal Lamba of New York City was unanimously chosen from several hundreds applicants by the consulting panel of the show and the producers collectively.
Lamba, a self proclaimed Foodie at heart, will host the 13 episodes of the show which is slated to go into production December 2014. Born to a New Delhi family with roots in restaurant business in India, Kunal included culinary in his higher studies from Welcomgroup School in Manipal, India. Surprisingly, Kunal has never been a chef. He recalls how he was told by his mentor
“though you have great appreciation for food you should not spend your life within 4 white tiled walls of a hotel/restaurant kitchen as you talk a lot”.
This is a dream come true for me, and I am finally putting all my talents to use on one project and I am excited to meet these households and families, said Lamba upon hearing the news. The show premiers on leading General entertainment channel Star Plus in January 2015.
By sending an experienced FOODIE to each household, Kawan Kitchen Mate will introduce South Asian food and families to U.S. audiences through attempting to solve the commonly shared dilemma of what to make for dinner.
The idea is brilliant in its simplicity and universally appealing because of its applicability to daily cooking challenges. While it’s common for most cooks to exchange recipes and cooking tips, most still find it challenging to come up with daily meals that excite and satisfy their families. Lamba will be the anchor will add innovation to simple dishes without needing the expertise of a professional chef. The beauty of the show’s concept is that families will learn how basic ingredients on their grocery list and in their fridge can be used to make new tasty dishes every week.
The show which is the brainchild of Executive Producer RAHUL WALIA, is part reality TV, part educational cooking show, and part entertainment as viewers meet families from across the U.S. and learn how to apply the Lamba’s solutions to their own lives.
“We all innovate, swap recipes, and come up with creative ways to keep everyone happy, but still the dilemma exists. Our objective is to try and offer new ideas and think out of the box while getting to know our wonderful community, said, Walia.
“Star Plus is excited to be breaking new barriers with this show which is for the NRI’s, of the NRI’s and by the NRI’s. The audience we cater to is ready for content that is locally generated and involves them on a regular basis. We look forward to seeing Kunal in action on the show, said Guneet Anand, Head of North America, Star India Plus.
“We are very happy with the selection of Lamba as the host and look forward to an exciting season of the Kawan Kitchen Mate,” said Tim Tan, International Business, Kawan Food
Families can still apply to be considered as one of the households by simply applying at www.kawankitchenmate.com/household