Everest Better Kitchen Culinary Challenge (EverestBKCC) a unique competitive event for budding and amateur/home chefs was organized by Better Kitchen at the Chef’s Kitchen Institute of Culinary Arts & Hotel Management, Kolhapur.EverestBKCC is supported by Western Chefs Association (WICA) and Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF). More than 30 teams of budding chefs and 20 amateur/home chefs participated in the challenge. The competition is part of the seven cities challenge with its mega finale at Mumbai in the last week of February 2020.
Theme of the Challenge for budding chefs is Flavours of India with special focus on Maharashtra while for amateur/Home it is Traditional & Forgotten Recipes. Intent is to make Indian food popular across the globe and create awareness about the health benefits.
The chief guest for the function was Chef Altamsh Patel, Executive Chef of The Park – Juhu Mumbai. In his address Chef Altamsh told the students, participants, amateur and home chefs to concentrate on the basic recipes of dal, rice, chapatti which we are eating from childhood. People are going back to the traditional and forgotten recipes as they are healthy as well as tasty. The future belongs to Indian food as it has all the ingredients to keep your body healthy. Chef Altamsh asked students not only to concentrate on kitchen but also enhance their communication skills in order to explain the nuances of their work in the kitchen.
Chef Dev Kasalkar, Managing Director of Chef’s Kitchen explained to the amateur/Home Chefs about the importance of using ancient utensils and cooking methods. He also showed the participants his collection of old utensils.
Prashant Suryawanshi of Bharat Gas of Wai LPG Territory explained the safety tips and precautions in the kitchen with a special focus on LPG gas.
The winners of EverestBKCC Kolhapurbest team was Everest Sambhar Masala, first runner-up team is Everest Meat Masala, second runner-up team is Everest Kutilal.
Winner in the category of amateur / Home chefs was Amruta S. Patil, the first and second runner – ups were Pallavi Bagi and Cinderella Lokhande.
Ekta Bhargava, publisher of Better Kitchen said that EverestBKCC is preparing budding chefs for the tough challenges they are going to face in their career and it is the best way of providing them a platform to showcase their skills of creativity and use of ingredients in a proper way.
Ekta thanked the Principals and HoDs of participating colleges, sponsors, staff of Chef’s Kitchen Institute of Culinary Arts and students for making the challenge a great success.
The title sponsor of the challenge is Everest Spices. Other partners are Bharat Gas and Chefs Unlimited.