Bhabhiji Ghar Pe Hai, the hit Hindi television show, celebrated its landmark 1500th episode at Saniya Studio, Naigaon East, in Mumbai. Award winning Chef Harneet Jolly was invited to this event as a surprise guest. Creating waves in the culinary world, Harneet is known for gravity defying and extremely realistic sculpted cakes and chocolate sculptures. He has also featured in world records, and was felicitated and awarded with the Advocacy of Food For All by the Make Earth Green Again MEGA Foundation in 2021.
The entire cast came down to celebrate this event. The show boasts of a large cast starring Asif Shaikh, Neha Pendse, Shubhangi Atre, and Rohitansh Gaud. It is produced by Binaifer and Sanjay Kohli. It has also had guest appearances by Akshay Kumar and Sunny Leone.
Harneet, as a surprise for the cast and crew, created the centrepiece for this event; he crafted a cake in the theme of a TV set and reels. It was conceptualized as a tribute to the TV and film industry and its progress and inspired by the classical TV reel in combination with a modern LCD inspired TV screen, paying homage to the past and present of the industry. He astounded the invitees, including the cast and the producers, with the sheer realism of the cake. Actors and producers, so used to working with sets and props, were unable to distinguish between the cake and the real thing! Words of praise fell short for those who are otherwise never short of lines in their careers.
“This was the first time I saw such a cake” said Rohitansh. “We recently met at an award show earlier, and we were gifted with our edible photo frames, which he also made himself. That was also a surprise and we were really amazed by his skill.” Asif adds “he has made a great cake. It is really thoughtful and creative! I am really impressed!” Shubhangi was so impressed by his culinary prowess that she requested to some time have chaat and pani puri made by him – this simple dish is one of the most complex to get right. Pratibha Kazmi was surprised by the realism of the TV screen. “I thought it was some sort of paper or film that was stuck to the screen. I was stunned when I found out even that was cake!”
Harneet says, “When people praise your work, it is a testament to your skill, and it makes your day seeing the smiles of happiness in their face and even more so their eyes.”. He considers it an honour to be invited for this show which is among his favourites. Cooking, particularly baking, has been his passion since an early age. “I learnt cooking and baking from my Mother. Even now I swear by my family recipe for cake”. He has taken the humble home made cake to a new frontier that seemingly breaks the rules of realism. A scientist and an artist at heart, he successfully combines his intuitive understanding of flavours and textures with art and sculpture, to create masterpieces.