Everest Better Kitchen Culinary Challenge (EverestBKCC) a distinctive competitive event for budding chefs was organized by Better Kitchen magazine with host partner AISSMS College of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (AISSMSCHMCT), Pune. The event is supported by industry associations namely Western Chef Association (WICA) and Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum (HPMF).Twenty four teams of budding chefs participated in the competition from different hospitality colleges of Pune and surrounding cities.
Pune is the sixth city in the culinary challenge series planned in seven cities across India. The winners of all cities will be called to Mumbai for the mega finale in the first week of March 2020.
In order to promote Indian cuisines and food as well as to create awareness about the health benefits of Indian food, the theme of culinary challenge is Flavours of India with special focus on Maharashtra’s cuisines in Pune.
Dr. Sonali Jadhav Principal of AISSMSCHMCT asked participants to showcase their creativity, innovation and talent to the jury members which comprised of Chef Mangesh Wazarkar Executive Chef - Pride Hotel; Chef Gaurav Ekal, member of WICA, Chef Manoj Patkar, In Charge ofAcademic Administration, Symbiosis International University, Pune and Rupa Pulendre, a restaurateur.
Bharat Gas , the event’s fuel partner’s Area Sales Officer Ashish Ranjan reminded participants about the importance of safety aspects in the kitchen with special emphasis on LPG.
It was a challenge for jury members to select the winners as the participants’ innovations and use of ingredients were excellent. The winners of EverestBKCC Pune team was Everest Shahi Paneer Masala while the first and second runners-up teams were Everest Dry Ginger and Everest Shahi Garam Masala respectively.
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 said such competitive events provided the best 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 AISSMSCHMCT and students for making the challenge a great success.
The title sponsor of the challenge is Everest Spices. Other partners are Chefs Unlimited, Bharat Gas, Pride Hotel, Wagh Bakri Tea Group and United Distributors.