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HOLISTIC, which will be held at Media City this June, is bringing chef, restauranteur and ambassador for Akshaya Patra to Manchester to show the audience how to combine Michelin cooking with a holistic lifestyle.
The chef is widely credited with elevating the reputation of British Indian food with his delicate treatment of fresh, seasonal produce. He held a Michelin star at Tamarind in Mayfair for 13 years.
Alfred Prasad was born in Wardha in central India.
His career was influenced by his father and mother in different ways. In his father’s family, vegetarian cooking was central and Alfred spent hours in his vegetable garden, growing his own ingredients. His mother’s Anglo-Indian background brought a great skill with preparing meat.
In 1999, Alfred moved to the UK and in 2001 he took up the job of sous chef at Tamarind in London’s Mayfair. Within a year he was promoted to the restaurant group’s Director of Cuisine, which meant he oversaw their four venues – Tamarind, Imli Street and Zaika in London, and Tamarind of London in California and received his first Michelin star.
He is now working on his own restaurant.
Alfred is deeply passionate about food waste and food poverty and has been involved with a number of charities as an ambassador including Akshaya Patra, Food Cycle and Action Against Hunger. All three are organisations that deliver sustainable and far-reaching development programmes to vulnerable communities.
In October 2014, Alfred participated in the India Cycle Challenge along with other top chefs, food journalists and crusaders of food poverty. Together, the group raised over £ 120,000. They were able to visit villages in remote parts of the country and see first-hand the impact of Action Against Hunger’s work on their beneficiaries.
Alfred is now working with Akshaya Patra to ensure that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger. The Akshaya Patra Foundation works to eradicate classroom hunger and facilitate childhood education by serving freshly cooked, nourishing lunches to 1.6 million school children across India every day. The charities mission is to serve 5,000,000 children by 2020. For more information about Akshaya Patra visit foodforeducation.org.uk.
Alfred will appear twice on Saturday morning at the festival with his ‘How to be HOLISTIC in your everyday cooking’ demonstration. Once on the main stage in the REUNITE section of the event and also in the more intimate REFLECTION area.
The larger demonstration will be open to all guests at HOLISTIC however the smaller session will be limited to just 30 guests with tickets available for a charitable donation to Akshaya Patra of £20 each.
Festival organisers GoLive will also match the final contribution with their own donation to the charity.
Mayur Mirwani, director of GOLIVE said;
“Alfred is a great name in Indian cooking and as a chef renowned for his delicious dishes prepared with fresh, seasonal produce he is the perfect additional to HOLISTIC.”
“He will bring his incredible knowledge of food to show our guests that food can be both tasty and good for your body and soul. We can’t wait to meet him and thank you to Akshaya Patra for helping us bring him to Manchester.”
HOLISTIC: International Festival Of Yoga will be a two-day celebration of everything that encompasses holistic living.
The event, which will run from 4pm on Friday 16th June to 3pm on Saturday 17th June, will involve two 800-strong outdoor yoga practises lead by internationally renowned yoga gurus from an ex Bollywood star to a Chinese opera singer; alongside a programme of holistic classes with some of the world’s best coaches and gurus and an outdoor market celebrating healthy food and drink.
The festival has been planned in Manchester to coincide with the week of the International Day of Yoga on 21 June (the longest day and summer solstice.) The day itself is built on a vision shared by the Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi, adopted by the UN and celebrated in more than 192 nations worldwide.
The Friday evening class will be two hours and the Saturday morning class will be three hours long. The Friday class will be one long flow whereas the Saturday class will be a series of 40 minute classes which yogis can dip in and out of.
HOLISTIC will take place at MediaCityUK on The Piazza and in The Studios on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June. Tickets for each day are available for £30 from May 2, 2017.
The main session with Alfred will be open to all HOLISTIC ticket holders. Those wishing to attend the intimate paid session will be given the option to reserve a place via email once they have purchased the main show ticket. The ticket will then be payable on the day.
For more information about HOLISTIC visit the website here.