From opening a box of cereals to Hollandaise sauce - Grandmaster chef Vishy Anand!
Anand has been extremely solid at the Altibox Norway Chess 2018. In the first three rounds he has had draws against Aronian, Nakamura and Ding Liren. However, on the first rest day he showed his class and won the first place! But not in chess! It was a cooking contest where the grandmasters worked in pairs. Anand teamed up with Ding Liren as he cooked Halibut Fillet with vegetables and Hollandaise sauce! The judges loved what Vishy had cooked and awarded him and Ding Liren the first place. All of this was achieved with Vishy's mentor watching him cook! Thumbnail image: Tarjei Joten Svensen
A few months ago we interviewed the Tigress of Madras - Aruna Anand. One of the final questions that we asked her in rapid fire was: What is your favourite dish cooked by Vishy Anand. To which Aruna said, "My favourite dish cooked by Anand is him opening a box of cereals!" (laughs).
It seems Vishy Anand took Aruna's words to heart and on the rest day of the Altibox Norway Chess 2018 won the cooking contest ahead of all other grandmasters!
Sometimes im moving pieces sometimes im cooking! And more pleasantly we won!! Was nice to have Aruna watch me & must be true love that she ate what I made. Halibut fillet with vegetables & hollandaise sauce. Encore ? pic.twitter.com/GsNBcbD4iZ— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) May 31, 2018
Speaking to ChessBase India, Aruna said, "It was delicious and very acceptable! Hollandaise is a very tricky sauce and he got the right consistency. I think he can push his cooking up from opening a box of cereals!"
Kudos Vishy for winning the cooking contest! Now it's time for some smoking hot moves on the chess board!