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Global leaders' personal chefs sample Indian market fare

  • Cristeta Comerford, Chef to the President of the United States of America, third left, and other Chefs of several heads of states, visit Khari Baoli, Asia's largest spice market, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Several chefs of Heads of States are visiting India for the Annual General Assembly of 'Le Club des Chefs des Chefs' (CCC), touted to be world's most exclusive gastronomic society, which aims to use food as a bridge between cultures and societies. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Cristeta Comerford, Chef to the President of the United States of America, third left, and other Chefs of several heads of states, visit Khari Baoli, Asia's largest spice market, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Several chefs of Heads of States are visiting India for the Annual General Assembly of 'Le Club des Chefs des Chefs' (CCC), touted to be world's most exclusive gastronomic society, which aims to use food as a bridge between cultures and societies. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)  (The Associated Press)

  • Local band party members play drums as a delegation of Chefs of several heads of states visit Khari Baoli, Asia's largest spice market, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Several chefs of Heads of States are visiting India for the Annual General Assembly of 'Le Club des Chefs des Chefs' (CCC), touted to be world's most exclusive gastronomic society, which aims to use food as a bridge between cultures and societies. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Local band party members play drums as a delegation of Chefs of several heads of states visit Khari Baoli, Asia's largest spice market, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Several chefs of Heads of States are visiting India for the Annual General Assembly of 'Le Club des Chefs des Chefs' (CCC), touted to be world's most exclusive gastronomic society, which aims to use food as a bridge between cultures and societies. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)  (The Associated Press)

  • A delegation of Chefs of several heads of states visit Khari Baoli, Asia's largest spice market, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Several chefs of Heads of States are visiting India for the Annual General Assembly of 'Le Club des Chefs des Chefs' (CCC), touted to be world's most exclusive gastronomic society, which aims to use food as a bridge between cultures and societies. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    A delegation of Chefs of several heads of states visit Khari Baoli, Asia's largest spice market, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Several chefs of Heads of States are visiting India for the Annual General Assembly of 'Le Club des Chefs des Chefs' (CCC), touted to be world's most exclusive gastronomic society, which aims to use food as a bridge between cultures and societies. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)  (The Associated Press)

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.