Chef Sanjeev Kapoor's Khana Khazana is the longest running show of its kind in Asia
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor's Khana Khazana is the longest running show of its kind in Asia

Sanjeev Kapoor

The chef and TV show host talks about his travelling experiences and admits to having an unending list of places to visit

OT Do you enjoy travelling
Sanjeev Kapoor I do enjoy travelling very much. Like everybody else, what I like the most is new experiences &mdash whether people or places or food or the destination or anything at all. The very novelty makes it all an adventure. Travel is a great learning experience, and it is always rejuvenating. I have always felt that travel is the quickest way to learn.

OT What aspects of travel appeal most to you
Sanjeev Kapoor
I like to travel with my family as much as possible. It becomes a time when we are able to spend time with each other properly, whether it is on long drives or a short two-day break in Goa or a month-long annual holiday. We play Uno, hear lots of music, sing along &mdash it&rsquos the sort of thing I am not able to do otherwise.

OT Which would you say is your favourite place in the world
Sanjeev Kapoor
If I had any one favourite place in the world and kept going back to it, I would be a very boring sort of person. Every place I have been to &mdash whether Cambodia or New Zealand or Japan or Port Blair or Kolhapur or Goa &mdash has been worth visiting for one reason or another.

OT A particularly memorable trip...
Sanjeev Kapoor
Last year, I went back to New Zealand &mdash South Island, Queenstown, Milford Sound. I used to live there before and it was a trip full of nostalgia for me. I caught up with old friends, went to places I used to frequent, took pictures outside the house where I used to live &mdash of course, somebody else is staying there now and my daughters said, &ldquoWhat are you doing&rdquo. Some people would say Milford Sound is the best walk in the world. Certainly, New Zealand&rsquos scenic beauty is out of this world.

OT Do you look out for special culinary experiences when you travel
Sanjeev Kapoor
All the time It is definitely a very special part of my travel. Wherever I go, I seek out local cuisine and sample it. I do a bit of research in advance and try to spend some time checking out special food experiences, booking tables in advance because, otherwise, it is just not possible to eat at high-profile establishments. Even if it is a short trip and I don&rsquot have much time, I try to squeeze in at least one new food experience &mdash I managed to fit in a rushed early dinner at Chicago&rsquos Alinea recently even though I was hurrying to make it to an event and delayed my arrival by an hour. It was a very unique experience &mdash they serve small servings of 15-20 courses and I still remember a hot and cold potato dish that was served in a beeswax cup. I am always happy to make detours if they lead me to interesting food experiences.

OT Is there a holiday you have longed to take but is still on the horizon
Sanjeev Kapoor
There are far too many places I would still like to see. Like the countries of South America &mdash I have not been to that part of the world at all. When people see my passport, which has four books pinned together because of all the old visas we have to carry, they say I have travelled a lot. I think, well, yeah, but the list of places I still want to see is never-ending.

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