Sid Sahrawat Talks About the Importance of Quality Produce and Appliances to Achieve Exceptional Results

. June 23, 2020
Photography by Garth Badger, Thievery Studio.
Sid Sahrawat Talks About the Importance of Quality Produce and Appliances to Achieve Exceptional Results

“As a chef I look at food like an artist would a canvas," Sid Sahrawat says. "It’s about sourcing the best, freshest New Zealand ingredients, using unusual flavour profiles and texture combinations, and pushing the boundaries as much as possible, which the Gaggenau appliances allow me to do."

From his partnership with Gaggenau, and his love for quality Aotearoa produce, comes this collection of recipes: Seared scampi and scallops with charred leek, cultured cream and dill oil; Beef fillet with Indian Kadhai sauce with raw and sautéed mushrooms and Duck breast with carrot puree, dates, chorizo and grilled radicchio.


Seared scampi and scallops with charred leek

His use of scampi, scallops, beef, mushrooms and duck, all products New Zealand does exceptionally well, highlight Sid's love of New Zealand cuisine. Indeed, in his role as owner and executive chef of much-lauded Auckland restaurants – Sidart, Cassia and Sid at The French Café, Sid cooks with the belief that New Zealand cuisine is driven by nature, the seasons and the quality of produce - "as well as treating the produce or ingredient with respect, while showcasing its locality."


Beef fillet with Indian Kadhai sauce with raw and sautéed mushrooms

In the video accompanying the recipe collection, Sid emphasises the importance of good appliances to reliably acheive the flavour and textures he wants to showcase to his diners every night.

And while he specifies local produce for its exceptional quality, he specifies Gaggenau appliances for the same reason. “The intuitive operation and high functionality of the Gaggenau appliances surpasses any other domestic appliance I have cooked on in my 25-year career. Their products crafted for the home exceed my expectations of what I usually demand from a professional range of appliances. Gaggenau’s attention to craftsmanship and understanding of cooking processes, along with functional ease of use and aesthetics, are the reasons why I chose to work with Gaggenau’s exclusive niche brand appliances.”


Duck breast with carrot puree, dates, chorizo and grilled radicchio

As an acclaimed chef, with exceptional standards, Sid knows only exceptional appliances can get the best out of the food he chooses so meticulously. 

Sahrawat continues, “The intuitive operation and high functionality of the Gaggenau appliances surpasses any other domestic appliance I have cooked on in my 25-year career.  Their products crafted for the home exceed my expectations of what I usually demand from a professional range of appliances. Gaggenau’s attention to craftsmanship and understanding of cooking processes, along with functional ease of use and aesthetics, are the reasons why I chose to work with Gaggenau’s exclusive niche brand appliances.”

Click here to view the full length video and to register to receive the three recipes created by Sid Sahrawat with Gaggenau.