My first visit to the casual dining restaurant California Pizza Kitchen aka CPK, at BKC, Mumbai, turned out to be a memorable one. I was actually going to meet and witness the International chef, ‘Chef Justin Parras’ make hand- tossed pizzas.
Known for their innovative, non-traditional pizzas, such as the Original BBQ Chicken Pizza, BLT, Thai Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Chicken pizza, it was going to be fun watching chef prepare those.
And fun it sure was. An excellent conversationalist, the energetic and witty Chef Parras regaled us with anecdotes, lesser known facts about CPK pizzas, as he hand- tossed them with convivial ease. Watching him hand stretch the artisan dough seemed so easy. He also shared the 10 Pizza Commandments that everyone at CPK has to follow.
Chef Parras reiterated that the ingredients were of high quality, mostly imported as CPK serves only the best.
The interactive Live Kitchen session got all of us engrossed. Chef invited some of us to participate in the pizza making process. He spoke about the 16 different type of sauces like Barbeque, Kaprow Kai (Thai inspired), Korean Barbeque from various parts of the world. These are used on the pizza base along with hi-end ingredients like Salami Napoli, Scottish Salmon, Wild Rice and innovative pizza toppings Chipotle salsa with lime cream sauce, Tostada pizza topping – shredded lettuce, roasted tomato salsa, ranch, and tortilla strips, Grana Padano. Whew! That was a vast array. Now one knew why a pizza at CPK is so deliciously different.
The ‘Hearth Oven Baked Pizza’ at CPK is really unique and there is something for every palate, including vegetarians.
Chef also demonstrated salads and pastas and of course the ‘pick me up’ Italian Tiramisu.
I had the most enjoyable evening, learning how to make pizzas. My favourite was the five meat and Kaprow Kai. The tiramisu sadly, did not live upto my expectations.
They have recently introduced the multigrain pizza and what’s more, the Mexican festival is starting from April 29. I can’t wait to sample some of those delectable dishes as part of that promotion. Are you coming?