In a delightful fusion of music, fame, and culinary exploration, Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana and South Korean singing sensation Eric Nam embarked on a delectable journey through the diverse flavours of India. The dynamic duo, known for their shared accolades as singers, songwriters, and composers, showcased their bond not just in the world of music but also in their mutual love for gastronomy.
Their connection traces back to the TIME 100 Impact Award ceremony held in Singapore last year, where both Ayushmann and Eric were honoured as among the most influential people globally. This meeting marked the genesis of a special friendship fueled by their shared passion for music and, notably, their insatiable love for food.
With Eric currently in India for Lollapalooza, Ayushmann seized the opportunity to extend his hospitality and introduce the Korean artist to the rich tapestry of Indian cuisine. The Bollywood actor, known for his versatile talents, didn't just host Eric; he orchestrated a culinary extravaganza that spanned the length and breadth of the country.
Their friendship, kindled at the TIME 100 Impact Award ceremony, continued to blossom, leading Ayushmann to plan an elaborate culinary experience for Eric during his stay in Mumbai.
Ayushmann's hospitality knew no bounds as he treated Eric to an array of mouth-watering dishes from different regions of India. The menu featured West Indian specialities like Kanda Bhajiya with green chutney & red chutney, followed by a North Indian delicacy, Pindi Chole Amritsari Kulcha. The South Indian non-vegetarian sensation, Hyderabadi Gosht Ki Biryani with Raaita, made its appearance, showcasing the diverse culinary heritage of the subcontinent. The culinary journey concluded on a sweet note with Ras Malai from the famed East.
Ayushmann says, “I realised that Eric is a big foodie and I wanted to give him the best food experience in our country that he will never be able to forget! Our beautiful country, our Incredible India is also known across the world for its culinary might! We have so many cultures that the cuisine is extremely diverse and unique! Indian food is a celebration of life itself and I wanted Eric to feel that when he is in India! I could see his eyes go wide each time he took a bite and savoured each dish to the fullest! I was happy seeing him happy because I truly believe in the saying ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’!”
Eric Nam says, "Ayushmann was such a gracious and welcoming host! We took a short but delicious culinary trip throughout India as he guided me through some of the tastiest dishes of this beautiful and vast country. I am an avid foodie and being able to try these diverse dishes in one sitting with Ayushmann as my guide was truly wonderful. I love India and it was so much fun tasting every corner of your country’s incredible food palate. My favourite dish of the experience was chole and roti, and of course, the fun conversations I shared with Ayushmann were a blast. I really hope to be able to visit India very often to explore the vastness of this country’s cultures and beauties, and of course to have some more delicious foods!"
Ayushmann Khurrana's efforts to create a memorable food experience for Eric Nam reflected not only his generosity as a host but also his enthusiasm for showcasing the gastronomic diversity that defines India. The Bollywood star went above and beyond to ensure that Eric's taste buds danced with delight, creating memories that would undoubtedly last a lifetime.
As Ayushmann and Eric continue to bond over their shared passions, their culinary escapade stands as a testament to the universal language of music, fame, and the joy derived from savouring the world's diverse cuisines.