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Latest News

27 April 2022 Riddhi Declared Winner of EverestBKCC Season – 3 Grand Finale

The third season of Everest Better Kitchens Culinary Challenge (EverestBKCC) was held across 10 Indian cities viz Bhopal, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Nagpur, Kolhapur, and Pune. The theme of the culinary challenge was Flavours of India - that aimed at creating familiarity with Indian regional cuisines. Around 1000 students from more than 125 institutions across India participated in the EverestBKCC Season 3. Winners of all the locations plus three wild card entries were called for the grand finale. In the cities, the students participated as a two member team while in the finale they competed on individual basis. Riddhi Shivtarkar from Patkar-Varde IHM - Mumbai was declared the winner of EverestBKCC season 3 Finale, Akash Raj from SRM IHM Chennai made way as the first runner-up and Shravani from Dr. D.Y. Patil 4IHMCT Pune came out as the second runner-up.

The grand finale of EverestBKCC season 3 for hospitality students was held at Dr. D.Y. Patil IHMCT, Pune and comprised four rounds. The first round catered to the dish preparation from Khandesi cuisine of Maharashtra, the second round involved making a snack for children, the third round consisted of replicating celebrity Chef Gautam Mehrishi’s recipe demonstrated and judged by the chef himself, and the fourth round dealt with knife skills besides questions and answers.


In the words of Ekta Bhargava, the publisher of Better Kitchens magazine, “The basic intention is to prepare the aspiring hospitality students for their future and make them work towards tagging Indian regional food (with its local ingredients) as a global food. The challenge is meant to provide them with a medium for displaying their culinary skills with the proper use of ingredients.”

EverestBKCC Season 3 was deemed a colossal culinary challenge for Indian budding chefs and supported by Incredible India, Worldchefs, Indian Culinary Forum, Western Chefs Association (WICA), Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF), and MP Tourism Hotels & Resorts. In addition, the episode made history as the only event to attract the maximum number of participants and colleges in most of the cities.

Also, since 2022-2023 was declared the International Millet Year, millet was considered the compulsory ingredient to include in any of the three-course menus prepared during the destination culinary challenge in all the cities.

The grand finale’s jury members were Chef Sudhir Pai, Chef Gautam Mehrishi, Chef Nilesh Limaye, Chef Vivek Kadam, Chef Jerson Fernandes, Chef Ranjan Rajani, Chef Kamlesh Salve, and Chef Tushar Malkani.

Riddhi, the winner received a scholarship of USD 5750/- under Chef Scholarship’s Exchange Visitor Program (US J-1), the first and the second runner-up got a scholarship of USD 1000/- and USD 750/- respectively from the event Study Abroad & International Placement Partner Wisdom Career Education. The partners of the culinary event were Everest Spices, Chefs Unlimited, Tabasco, Barilla, Loacker, and Lotus.

13 March 2022 Thrilling Opening of EverestBKCC Season 3 With Overwhelming Participation

EverestBKCC (Everest Better Kitchen Culinary Challenge) season 3 for hospitality students kicked off in Bhopal with overwhelming participation from 30 teams across Madhya Pradesh. Theme of the challenge is "Flavours of India" and the intent is to create awareness about the regional cuisines and make Indian food popular using Indian spices across the globe. The culinary challenge was organized at Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Bhopal. Season 3 will now be held in nine cities namely Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Nagpur and Pune. Winners of all cities will be called for the grand finale in Pune on 26 April, 2022. The event is supported by Incredible India, Worldchefs, Indian Culinary Forum, Western Chefs Association (WICA) and Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF).

The Chief Guest, P. Narahari, IAS in an inaugural address advised the participants and students to use their creativity and innovation in the culinary field which has a very bright feature. During the pandemic, a lot of start-ups have started in the food industry and some of them are going to be unicorns. Food is the basic need of human beings and no one can work with an empty stomach. He has informed the audience that they can take the benefits of Madhya Pradesh Government’s policy for start-ups and advantage of incubation centres.

A.K. Singh Principal, IHM-Bhopal says despite technology development and automation in the culinary industry, skilled manpower requirement is growing. EverestBKCC is an excellent platform for the students to showcase their culinary arts, cope up with the new trends and overcome the weaknesses.

The jury members of the EverestBKCC Bhopal were Anup Gupta, Executive Chef – Taj Lakefront, Chef Amol Patil, Executive Chef Courtyard by Marriott, Chef Jeevan Singh, Executive Chef – Jehan Numa Palace, Chef Siddharth Birendra, Corporate Chef Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Limited and Narendra Rajput, Executive Chef – Safal Retreat.

Jury members appreciated the use of ingredients, innovation and plating done by students. They urged the students to take part in these culinary challenges and update their skills.

Ekta Bhargava, Publisher of Better Kitchen shared the objective of this challenge is to prepare the students for their future and make Indian regional food using local ingredients as a global food. This challenge is the best way of providing them a platform to showcase their skill of creativity and use ingredients in the proper way.

The winner of EverestBKCC – Bhopal's best team was Everest Pav Bhaji Masala from Bhopal, first runner-up and second runner-up were Everest Chhole Masala and Everest Royal Garam Masala from Bhopal and Khajuraho respectively.

Partners of the event were Everest Masala, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation, Wisdom Career and Education, Bio Nutrients, Chefs Unlimited, Tabasco, Barila, Loacker and Lotus.

28 September 2021 World Tourism Day Celebrated by SwitzEducation

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive social and economic impact. Both developed and developing economies have been hit. UNWTO has therefore designated World Tourism Day 2021 as a day to focus on Tourism for Inclusive Growth. World Tourism Day, celebrated each year on 27 September, is the global observance day fostering awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution that the sector can make towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.

SwitzEducation celebrated World Tourism Day on 27th September at Hotel Taj, Mumbai. The occasion was graced by Othmar Hardegger, Consul General of Switzerland in Mumbai as the Chief Guest and Dr. Shrikant Eknath Shinde, Member of Parliament as the Guest of Honor. Eminent personalities, academicians and principles of 50+ top high schools of Mumbai attended the event. The occasion marked the initiation of the Swiss Cultural Committee and the appointment of the SwitzEducation Ambassadors.

The event highlighted the importance of sustainability in tourism and how Switzerland is leading the rest of the world in sustainable tourism. Swiss institutes participating in the celebration showcased their programs designed to meet the emerging needs of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. SwitzEducation President Asslam I Shaikh pointed in his speech how a career in tourism can be the best alternative to the traditional careers. Guest of Honor Dr. Shrikant Eknath Shinde emphasized on various untapped & ancient tourist spots of the state of Maharashtra getting makeover. He described infrastructure can help change the tourism scenario of Maharashtra and India as a whole.

Participating dignitaries and delegates exchanged ideas on how to collaborate and bring in the positive changes to foster tourism that is inclusive and how to prepare students for a great career in the tourism industry that is more sustainable and nature friendly.

The event also recognized and feliciate Social Heroes Firoza Suresh, first Cycle Mayor of Mumbai, Mansoor Ali, Covid fighter and air quality expert, Dr. Roshan and Dr. Sanjay Kantharia inspiring the society to make this world a better place to live.

Better Kitchen supported the event. The other supporting partners were Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce, Amfah, Aliff, Smart Commute Foundation and Business & Hotel Management School.

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Editor's desk

Ekta Bhargava(Managing Editor)

“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” – Hippocrates

Dear Readers,

Greetings,

Welcome all to the latest edition of Better Kitchen. The edition is an attempt to drive people living in different time zones towards building and preserving the greatest heritage bestowed upon all by the universe. You guessed it. I am referring to health and am convinced that no words can ever encapsulate the importance of this indispensable element.

The idea of eating well and maintaining good health is drilled into us right from when we are juveniles. Is there any better instance than the current pandemic to assure us that there can be no compromise where health is concerned? The last one and a half year has confirmed the conviction that we need to embrace the importance of good health and the only way to avoid falling into the trap and is by eating healthy regularly.

Hence we decided to dedicate the current issue to the concept of right food better health with the pivotal intention of creating awareness of the subject. Since protein is one of the vital nutrients essential for human body, we decided to include an article on those poultry products that are rich in protein. In conjunction with this article comes another piece that talks about eating right at different stages of life.

The edition also carries an extract on the benefits of milk for health where Amul's Managing Director talks about the myths and realities of milk. Close on the heels is another article that brings to light scientific facts on milk and health.

Whilst we are on the subject of health, can any aspect of health be more important than mental health? It is an established fact that mental health is far more important than physical health wherein anyone can maintain sound mental health by consuming certain foods at right time. An article by Chef Dr. Izzat Hussain is an important revelation on the subject.

There is a special coverage on how bael fruit is a god's gift for digestive system. Besides these, catch an exclusive interview with the eminent Chef Manish Mehrotra. The mentioned are in addition to the regular columns featured in the magazine.

I hope you enjoy reading the issue and reap maximum benefits in terms of inculcating the knowledge of the sundry health experts in your life.

Happy reading.

Ekta Bhargava
Managing Editor

Weekly Recipe Contest Starting Every Sunday9 January 2022 - 15 January 2022

Better Kitchen has started a weekly recipe contest on WhatsApp Group - Better Kitchen Cooking Ke Fans. There are more than 225 plus home chefs and few chefs are members over there. The recipes contest is open only for the group members. The winning and chefs choice recipes are featured in Better Kitchen website. Five times Winner will get a chance to meet celebrity chef and interact with him/her about the recipe.

The celebrity chef will modify the recipe and give a new twist in the recipe. The modified recipe will also be featured in the Better Kitchen website as well as magazine.

Interested in joining the group? Send an email with your name, email ID, mobile number and city to events@betterkitchen.in

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Latest Events

Thunderous Ovation For EverestBKCC Season 27 Cities, 200+ Teams in a tough culinary competition yielded Winners

5 March 2020

Everest Better Kitchen Culinary Challenge (EverestBKCC) challenge has successfully completed the journey in seven cities namely Bengaluru, Dehradun, Surat, Kolhapur, Bhopal, Pune and Mumbai in its season 2. EverestBKCC got thunderous ovation for its last destination in Mumbai.

Theme of the Challenge for budding chefs was Flavours of India and for amateur/home chefs it was Traditional & Forgotten Recipes. The common intention of the multi city event is to make Indian food popular across the globe and create awareness about its health benefits.

We had done Master Cooking Class for cooking lovers by celebrity chef in couple of cities as well.

Hospitality students are the future chefs of the world. The main purpose of conducting culinary challenge for hospitality students are to prepare students for future challenges they will face after completing studies and encourage them to be more innovative and creative in their skills of culinary arts.

Amateur /Home Chefs challenge for traditional and forgotten recipes objective is to bring the recipes from home kitchen to limelight and aware the people about the richness of our food from ages.

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