An elite club of chefs is taking a break from feeding the world's most powerful leaders to visit the Indian capital and sample its spicy, aromatic cuisine.

The gourmands sneezed and coughed while wending through the crowded alleyways of Old Delhi's pungent spice market on Tuesday.

Cristeta Comerford, the executive chef in President Barack Obama's White House, said the chaotic spice bazaar was "one of the most amazing experiences."

The group, called Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, is a collection of personal chefs serving global heads of state. The group was founded in 1977 in Paris by French chef Gilles Bragard.

This is the first annual general assembly meeting they've held in India.