Celebrity broadcaster, journalist and raconteur Hardeep Singh Kohli is set to fulfil a childhood pact with his cousin, well-known entrepreneur Sanjay Majhu, to embark on a unique joint venture combining cooking with comedy with the launch of a forthcoming series of events at Ashoka at The Mill on Glasgow’s southside.
It might have taken the best part of 30 years to realise, but the pact they made as two little boys in Bishopbriggs in the early 1980s will finally come to fruition this summer when Hardeep and Sanjay get together to launch the food-centred celebrity entertainment events on 26 and 27 June and 3 and 4 July.
Both Hardeep and Sanjay have come a long way since they were two little boys – though the love of Indian cuisine has played a central role in both their successful careers.
Whilst Hardeep has gone on to carve out a successful career as a broadcaster, journalist and raconteur, including becoming a household name on BBC1’s One show, Sanjay rose from being a humble waiter to Chief Executive Officer of Apple Harlequin Group, the largest chain of Indian restaurants in Britain with 16 restaurants selling 10,000 curries a week.
Hardeep, currently touring Britain to sold-out venues with his ‘The Nearly Naked Chef’ tour, said, “It was whilst enjoying a family curry one Saturday as kids that Sanjay and I made a vow to each other that, one day, we’d work together on a joint venture that combined our love of cooking and comedy. It might have taken us longer than we’d planned but, at last, we’re realising that dream with the launch of these cookery classes at Ashoka!
“Being a runner-up in the original series of Master Chef really rekindled my love for cooking and it was then that I remembered my childhood pact with Sanjay. I called him up out of the blue a month or so ago and, fortunately, he remembered our pact and we came up with the concept of cookery classes throughout the day followed by comedy and entertainment over a delicious Indian meal in the evening.”
Sanjay said, “It’s not every day that you get a chance to fulfil a childhood dream, so I’m really looking forward to getting together with Hardeep to produce this unique series of events! Hardeep will run his cookery classes for a select audience throughout the day – and anyone who has been fortunate enough to have seen him live or on TV will already know that he’s an exceptional chef – and in the evening he will present a show full of laughter and anecdotes combined with a further mouth-watering cookery demonstration.”
Reservations for The Ashoka Cookery Classes with ‘The Nearly Naked Chef’ are limited to just 50 places with the £150 ticket including admission to ‘An Evening with Hardeep Singh Kohli’. Some 200 tickets to the evening’s entertainment alone – priced at £30 including a delicious three course meal – are available online at www.ashokarestaurants.com or by calling 0141 342 5200.
Meanwhile, anyone unable to make the event in person can log on to www.ashokaatthemill.com at 7.30pm on 26 and 27 June and 3 and 4 July to watch the event live in the comfort of their own homes.
To arrange an interview with Hardeep/Sanjay please call Susan Christie at Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018 or 07971 823651
Issued on behalf of Apple Harlequin Group by Liquorice Media www.liquorice-media.com
Date 14th April 2010