BANQUETS AND KITCHEN OF RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN


• A “Household Section” looks after all facilities associated with daily needs of the President, including the kitchen.

• The Executive Chef heads a team of approximately 32 Cooks, including bakers and traditional sweet makers.

• The Presidential Kitchen caters to all official functions, meetings, banquets, receptions, conferences etc. which are hosted by the President.


• The kitchen has various sections i.e. Main Kitchen, Bakery, Halwai, Training Area, Staff Cafeteria and Grocery Section.

• It is equipped with state-of-art equipment and is fully air conditioned and has a dedicated team of Sanitation staff who ensure highest standards of hygiene.

• The food prepared in the Kitchen for official functions is checked by various governmental agencies for security purposes.

• Rashtrapati Bhavan has a separate ‘Family Kitchen’ for the President, his Family and their guests.

• The Cooks of Rashtrapati Bhavan Kitchen excel in preparation of various cuisines. The Bakery Section makes cakes, breads, pizzas, doughnuts, pastries and Indian sweets such as Jalebis, Imartis, Gulab Jamuns, etc. Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Samosas, Dhoklas and Kachauris are a big favourite with visitors.



     

• Murg Darbari, Gosht Yakhni, Dal Raisina, Kofta Aloo Bukhara are some specialities of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Kitchen.

• The menu for various functions is prepared keeping in mind the nature of events, type of guests, their food habits, regional preferences, dietary restrictions etc.


     



• As part of preparations for a formal Banquet, the menu is first approved . Then, a demand is placed to the store for procurement of all the raw materials. Linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware are prepared. The Banquet table is laid out 6-8 hrs in advance of the meal. The crockery, cutlery and glassware have the national emblem embossed on them. Flower arrangements are made as per the length of the table. The Rashtrapati Bhavan Printing Press prints Menu Cards to be used in the Banquet. A rosebud in a small glass is placed to indicate Vegetarians. Music is played by the Naval Band during a meal. Compositions include songs in Hindi, English and those from the visiting country. Normally, a meal consists of a soup, varieties of Non-Veg and Veg dishes, Dessert. The meal finishes off with service of tea/coffee. A variety of Pan, Mouth freshners, etc. are served at the time of departure.