Cooking competition in schools are no more a monopoly of metropolitan cities, rather it has expanded to small cities too. Setting a new standard in Udaipur, Heritage Girls School organises cooking competition for girl’s students every year. This year too, Heritage Girls School hosted their second season of the National Cooking Competition on the 23rd of January with much fanfare.
The cooking competition was open for girls aged between 9 -16, from all over India. The competition was divided in to four categories that included Salads, Snacks, Curry and Desserts. The winners were given cash prize of Rs. 11,000, certificates, books and vouchers.
It was not an ordinary cooking competition but an exclusive event. The school management invited renowned Top chefs like Celebrity Chef Vicky Ratnani, Salil Fadnis – Corporate Chef Sahara Star & Aamby Valley City and Akshraj Jodha – Executive Chef ITC Jodhpur hotel were invited to judge the competition.
Many girls from various parts of India participated in cooking competition. They were enthusiastic to be acquainted with nuances of cookery by top chefs. It was an exciting competition where every contestant presented their best dish and the winners took away a cash prize of 11,000 and a certificate as well books and vouchers.The lucky winners were Santosh Sirvi for Salads, Muskan for Snacks, Rhea Khullar for Curry and Khushi Kochar for Dessert.
Salil Fadnis Corporate Chef and DGM Sahara Star Hotel said “I was overwhelmed with the organizing school, enthusiasm of students, hygiene, flavours and food presentation.These participating girls were from different parts of India. I am sure they can be seen on global platform of cooking in future to come. The school management has created a milestone by making off-beat competition in Udaipur to happen. It is definitely a reward of the time that I and other judges spent time for this competition”.
Akshraj Jodha – Executive Chef ITC Jodhpur and competition judge said “We have seen junior chefs in on foreign TV channels but that concept is yet to take shape in India. In Heritage School seeing girl’s participant aged between 9 and 16, seeing them working at the kitchen with so much of confidence was really appreciated. It was a huge inspiration for the future chefs in offing. Atleast I have not seen contest of this kind, but surely more would come forward to held similar competition in future to come”.
Shriyans Bhandari, Director Heritage School says “We believe in doing something different than others. Instead of doing drawing competition or any other competition, we opted for cooking competition which is liked by all. Now there is a eagerness among students from other parts and students from Heritage school to be a part of cooking competition. It was a great event and we will keep on organizing it every year”.
Bhandari further added “There were more than 160 participants from many parts of India like Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Manali, Varanasi and other parts of India. We had several round of competition like quarter final, semi final and final. Prominent Chef Vernon Coelho (Ex Head of the Department, Food Production IHM Mumbai), held several round, lastly 16 participant were finalized for final live cooking”.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist