Masterchef’s Spice Angel at The Cricketers

Masterchef's Spice Angel Sandeep Pandit will be cooking up a storm at The Cricketers in Port Melbourne


Following back-to-back booked-out events last year, Port Melbourne local favourite The Cricketers is bringing back its Masterchef collaboration series.


The return of the Masterchef collaboration series, will give fans the opportunity to try 2019 Masterchef Top 11 contestant SandeepPandit’s cuisine, which wowed the TV judges, receiving a perfect score.


Commencing Thursday, 29 August and available each Thursday thereafter until 19 September, Sandeep will craft and cook a weekly changing set menu of chakhna – Indian tasting plates, served tapas-style – elevated by the impressive use of spices that saw him dubbed ‘The Spice Angel’.


The set menu ($45) will include:

●  Chicken Tikka – 12-spice garam masala-marinated chicken thighs, hung yoghurt

●  DIY Masala Papad – deep-fried poppadoms, kachumber salad, chat masala

●  Aloo Tikki – ‘Indian hash browns’, choley, spiced yoghurt

●  Kanti – stir-fried lamb, ‘bhuna’ masala of tomatoes and onion, fresh herbs


To top it off, accompaniments will include pickled onions, parathas and Sandeep’s signature ‘killer chutney’.


“I’m excited to cook at The Cricketers and showcase a different side of Indian food – something beyond curries. Indian food is an incredible combination of complex cooking techniques and spices. Chakhna dishes are what Indians enjoy when they’re sitting down to catch up over drinks, so I thought it would be perfect to serve this style of food at a local pub,” says Sandeep.


“We had so much fun last year with Loki’s curry nights and, as soon as Masterchef started this year, our customers were asking when we would be bringing back the Masterchef pop-ups. We’re stoked that Sandeep will be cooking at The Cricketers and can’t wait to share his food with Port Melbourne and beyond,” says Nick Allardice, Managing Director of Bon Vivant Group, the team behind The Cricketers, The Firehouse in Ringwood and Mount Buller’s The Villager.


As with previous collaborations, community-centric Bon Vivant Group will be donating 10 per cent of proceeds to local charity St KildaMums, an organisation that donates second-hand nursing equipment and clothing to babies and children in need.


Bookings are essential and can be made via The Cricketers website, with three sittings available at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8pm.


Website: www.thecricketersport.com.au

Instagram: @thecricketersport #thecricketersport

Address: 69 Cruikshank St, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207

Phone: (03) 9676 2004

Website: www.thefoodpandit.com.au

Instagram: @sandeep_cooks


Website: www.stkildamums.org

Instagram: @stkildamums

Facebook: @StKildaMums

Image credit: Griffin Simm