Vegan Foods

Food Marriott’s Mood Diets is back with a vegan twist


Marriott International, which introduced a Mood Diets menu earlier this year, is back with Mood Diets 2.0, a menu with a vegan twist to all dishes, crafted from natural, plant-based dishes. The new Mood Diet 2.0 menu will be co-created by crowdsourcing authentic recipes through a competition that will be held in 15 cities and the top three recipes will have a place on the menu. The telegraph chatted with Himanshu Taneja, Culinary Director South Asia, Marriott International, about the unique concept of mixing moods, cravings with sustainable and delicious food and more…

Earlier this year Marriott International launched Mood Diets … can you tell us more about the concept? To what do you attribute the enormous success of the Mood Diets?
Mood Diets was staged in the midst of the pandemic with everyone locked away at home, resulting in a distinct change in mealtimes and sleep schedules. Consumers who worked from home were constantly looking for food options. On the first anniversary of the lockdown, Marriott International introduced the “Mood Diet” menu to meet the nutritional needs of consumers while simultaneously addressing subconscious cravings resulting from fluctuating temperaments. Fulfilling the necessary parameter of being a trusted brand to deliver safely, Marriott Bonvoy on Wheels (MBOW) has succeeded in spreading awareness of a menu that can be easily enjoyed from the comfort of one’s own home.

How is the Mood Diets 2.0 menu different from the previous one?
Committed to serving innovative and succulent delicacies at its properties, Marriott International presents the “Mood Diets 2.0” menu, designed to meet the nutritional needs of guests with a vegan touch to all dishes, made from natural ingredients made from plants. This menu is more sustainable, reliable and realizes our responsibility towards the environment.

Black and white quinoa bhel, avocado mousse, crispy kale

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Marriott International invites flavor connoisseurs to join in this year and indulge in a crowd-crafted menu. What is the idea behind this? What does the menu focus on?
Mood Diets 2.0 is an ode to sustainable living through a vegan menu that will feature dishes made with locally available and readily available ingredients, meaningful to the states from which they originate. The new Mood Diet 2.0 menu will be co-created by crowdsourcing authentic recipes through a competition that will be held in 15 cities.
The ingredients chosen for the menu respond to a healthier lifestyle. The basis behind the use of local ingredients is to increase the local appetite which is tasty, fresh and vibrant. Each ingredient chosen for the menu will turn into a recipe with unique flavors, many of which are unexplored, allowing customers to visit and review the menu and gain a better understanding of sustainability and contribution to the environment.

The competition is currently online in 15 cities. Recipes should be vegan, simple and hassle-free preparations using one or more of the 10 organic ingredients preselected by our master chefs. The three best recipes will be featured in the next Mood Diets 2.0 menu which will be presented by the end of the year. Participation is simple and easy, recipes should be emailed to [email protected] with the full name, location and contact details of the participants. The ingredients and recipe format can be downloaded here. The competition will run from December 1 to 15. The new Mood Diet 2.0 menu will go live in January and will be available to order on Marriott Bonvoy on Wheels, Marriott’s home delivery service.

Fettuccine Spaghetti and roulade with garlic pepper emulsion

Fettuccine Spaghetti and roulade with garlic pepper emulsion

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You run South Asia, Marriott International as Culinary Director. What do you think will be the main food trends for 2022 and the years to come?
2022 is shaping up to be very exciting as sustainability will be at its peak. The trend will shift to zero-waste, plant-based conversations poised to bring about radical change around the world. Healthy snacks and fermented foods will also be in the spotlight with unconventional flavored preparations in the foreground. With all the opening, experiential meals will make a spectacular comeback with varied cultural experiences that will be personalized for the guests. Finally, non-alcoholic drinks made with local ingredients will appear on our bar counters as patrons slowly but steadily make their way to a healthier beverage palate.

As the saying goes, good food = good humor. What does a good, hearty meal mean to you? What is that dish that instantly puts you in a good mood?
In my opinion, a good, hearty meal in many ways is the best memory! Something you would have liked to eat as a child and still love. For me that would be chhole bhature. The meal never fails to satisfy me and brings with it the best memories of the house.

Roasted cauliflower steak with pepper coulis

Roasted cauliflower steak with pepper coulis

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Considering I’m from Calcutta and the menu would also be available at JW Marriott Kolkata, what is your impression of the food in Calcutta? Must-sees when you’re in town or something you can’t wait to try?
Yes, this menu will be available at JW Marriott Kolkata, known as the Food City of India. Calcutta cuisine is diverse, which involves unique ingredient compositions in recipes like kasundi, nolen gur, Gobindobhog rice, panchphoran, or gondhoraj lemon. A city staple would be the hinge kochuri to be enjoyed with ready-made tea during breakfast