Cannes 2022: The Menu Designed By Manu Chandra Saw Kalakand, Kachori And More
Image Credit: Indian contingent with Anurag Thakur at Cannes/

It’s was a big day at Cannes for India. With names like Deepika Padukone, Aishwarya, Urvashi and Tamannaah adoring the red carpet after the cancelled 2020 edition, this season the festival got bigger and better. Deepika also happen to be the part of the eight-member competition jury of the Cannes Film Festival along with many prestigious names. 

But what caught the attention was the table that was laid for Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur. The threw a formal dinner party for the very own Indian contingent at celebrity guests at Cannes Film Festival 2022 on Tuesday. Many names who walked the red carpet were on the guest list.

What grabbed the eyeballs was the menu. It flavours of Rajasthan, Gujarat and more on a plate with dishes like 'Pyaaz ki kachori', 'Laal Maas' and 'Gatte ki Sabzi', 'Kadhi' and 'Khichdi' represented Gujarat. It was ‘Kalakand’ for desserts. It was great to see India on  plate which also became a much relatable affair for the guests. 

The names that the red-carpet saw was 10 Indian celebrities including AR Rahman, R, Madhavan, Nawazuddin Siddique, Tamannaah Bhatia, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, Grammy award winner Rickey Kej, writer and CBFC cheif Praoson Joshi, folk singer Mame Khan, CBFC member Vani Tripathi to name a few on the red carpet as a part of the Indian delegation led by the Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur.

The menu was done by none other than Manu Chandra who took to Instagram and wrote “And this happened. Humbled by the opportunity that came up so soon into launching @singlethreadcaterers thanks to @godawansinglemalt and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

I’ve been quiet because pulling off a dinner for…. (To follow) on short notice in a different country isn’t easy. But 4 days of manic work, a wild goose chase for ingredients, and endless hours in the kitchen pulled it through. India shone, as did the spirit of the desert in all aspects of the evening.

This year India is the “country of honour” for Cannes 2022. 

Manu Chandra has also grabbed a spot at India’s top 10 young chefs that was recently announced. He is known for these culinary creative efforts that is visible on the table. Manu’s latest venture “Single Thread Catering” that he started with his long-time business partner Chetan Rampal’s. The duo were significant names with brands like Monkey Bar, Fatty Bao and Toast & Tonic. But this latest venture “Single Thread Catering” – the Bespoke catering, brand aims to provide stylish, creative and fun F&B solutions to customers. It’s all about setting new standards in the culinary world of catering. He announced the same on Instagram saying “Unspooling this thread on 12th of May, Thursday. Stay tuned and follow @singlethreadcaterers 🍽”. This new venture will see classic western to modern Indian menus to Asian and much diverse offerings and hence will be “free from the constraints of a format” as Manu states it.