Got an invite through FBAB (Food Bloggers Association of Bangalore) for being a part of Young Chef Olympiad 2016’s curtain raiser event with Chef Shaun Kenworthy at the Masterclass in IIHM (International Institute of Hotel Management), Bangalore. This event happened yesterday around 6.00 P.M to 8.00 P.M.
I was very much excited to attend the event, watch the live cook off and meet the Chef Shaun Kenworthy. I was much tensed that I should not be late, finally reached in time.
Shalini Charles, Director IIHM Bangalore, welcomed us and share us the concept and impact of the Young Chef Olympiad.
Then had an interesting and amazing live cook-off with Chef Shaun kenworthy, who show cased his talents in platting by preparing a dessert with the ingredients available in Indian markets and named it as ” A TRIFFLE INDIAN”, will share about this dish in the next post. Stay Tuned.
Then had an interesting section with Chef Abhjit Saha, who says that this competition also helps in promoting the Indian cuisine all over the world through the Chefs and Judges across the world. He also mentioned about the future of the Indian Cuisine is what we cook at home is the Authentic Indian Cuisine and what chefs create is Chef’s cuisine. As there is a currently passion trending among all of us to have our same Indian cuisine with the touch of other cuisines may be through a small change with ingredients, the way of cooking (I have seen people baking vada (fritters)), the way of platting and so on.
About Young Chef Olympiad 2016: This is the 2nd Young Chef Olympiad 2016, happening from 27th January till 1st February. This been the world’s biggest Olympiad Conducted for Culinary students among 67 countries with 67 top student chefs in India on the 67th Republic Day. This competition takes place for 6 days across 4 major cities (Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkatta) of India. They have the age limit of 18 to 24. The student who won the competition will be given the GRAND TITLE and a cash prize of $10,000.
The grand opening starts on 27th January 2016 at TALKATORA Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. This will be followed by the cook-off in all the four cities which leads to the grand finale held at Kolkatta on 1st February.
This year the best culinary students from England, France, Malaysia, China, Switzerland, Australia, USA, Spain, Sweden, Hong kong, Canada and more are going to participate. Ashwin Nicholos Oon, Team Malaysia won the competition – 1st International Young Chef Olympiad 2015
I am happy to say that Bangalore is one among the four cities where apart of cook-off is going to take place. It was about to be held on 29th January 2016 between 9:00 A.M and 1:00 P.M at “Seasons Hall” Royal Orchid Hotel, Old Airport Road, Bangalore. Also I would say I am lucky as got an invite for this cook-off at Bangalore.
Also they have got their support from Taj Group of Hotels, who host foods and look after the stay, Chefs from various parts of the world to support them for their judging panel, and Chef. Sanjeev Kapoor is the Chief Judge in their judging panel.
Also they say that there is no second chance in this competition, and the participants started practicing for almost 2 weeks back till now in Dubai. They also say that this gives each and every participants to get into an international platform which helps them to learn different cuisines, opportunity to interact with chefs and judges across the world. Also they say that it’s a perfect opportunity for youngsters to stick on to the best platform and this competition also helps to promote the Indian Cuisine across the world through the chefs.
Finally we had delicious and wonderful starters and desserts made by the students of IIHM, Bangalore. Also we got a goodie bag with cup cakes baked by them as a token of love.
Wishes to Young Chef Olympiad: I wish each and every contestants to give out your best and also would say that there are people’s waiting for opportunities and you are blessed to have such a huge opportunity, utilize the platform and give your best.