Everest Better Kitchen Culinary Challenge (EverestBKCC) Season 4 has got off to a great start from Bhopal. EverestBKCC is India’s largest and most thrilling culinary challenge for final year hospitality students. EverestBKCC is a culinary challenge with a distinctive difference. It not only offers a unique platform for budding chefs to exhibit their talent but also provides an ideal springboard to launch their future a great opportunity.
The theme of the challenge is 'Flavors of India'. It aims to create awareness about regional cuisines and to popularize Indian food using Indian spices across the world. The Culinary Challenge was organized at Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Bhopal. Season 4 will now be held in 14 more cities across India namely Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Kottayam, Chennai, Bengaluru, Dehradun, Chandigarh, NCR –Noida, Pune, Mumbai, Vadodara, Jaipur, Goa and Nagpur. Winners from all cities will be invited for the Grand Finale in Mumbai on February 17-18, 2023.
The event is supported by Incredible India - Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; Worldchefs; Indian Culinary Forum; Western Chefs’ Association (WICA); Chef Association of Garhwal (CAG); Gujarat Culinary Association (GCA); Culinary Forum of Goa, and Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF).
A.K. Singh, Principal, IHM-Bhopal expressed his views that the need for skilled manpower is increasing in the culinary industry in spite of technology development and automation. EverestBKCC is an excellent platform for students to showcase their culinary skills, learn new trends and overcome their weaknesses.
The jury for Bhopal comprised of Siddharth Birendra(Corporate Chef Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation), Anoop Gupta, (Executive Chef - Taj Lakefront), Amol Patil (Executive Chef – Courtyard by Marriott) and Chef Jeevan Singh, (Executive Chef - Jahan Numa Palace). The jury appreciated the use of ingredients, innovation and presentation by the participating students. They urged the students to take part in the culinary challenges and update their skills.
Ekta Bhargava, Publisher of Better Kitchen, shared that the objective of this event is to prepare students for the challenges of their future and to popularize Indian regional food using local ingredients in the form of global cuisine. This challenge provides them a platform to showcase their creativity skills and utilize the ingredients in a proper way.
The national winner of this competition will get a scholarship of USD 5750/- under USA J1 Chef Exchange Visitor Program while first and second runner-up will get the scholarship worth USD 1000/- and USD750/- respectively along with a year intern placement in USA by EverestBKCC’s International Placement & Study Abroad Partner Wisdom Career Education, she added.
Winners of EverestBKCC – Best Team from Bhopal was Everest Royal Garam Masala (Saurabh Sahu and Khushboo Srivastava students of IHM - Bhopal), 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up were Everest Tikhalal Chilli Powder(Students of SIHM Indore Arth Mohdikar and Shalini Raj Soni) and Everest Meat Masala (Jagran Lake City University students Samad Ali and Ayush Sharma) respectively.
The title sponsor of the multiple city challenge is Everest Spices. Other partners are Wisdom Career Education, Chefs Unlimited, Cornado, and Bio Nutrients.