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Bangalore hosted the Semifinals – South Zone for India’s largest Culinary Competition for Schools on Sunday. The 8th edition of the Young Chef India Schools, conceptualized and executed by IIHM, had over 30000 students from more than 2500 schools across India participating for the title, a cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000 and a scholarship to study at The International Institute of Hotel Management.
The Young Chef India School was created as a platform giving opportunity for higher secondary students, where budding Chefs get a glimpse of the workings of the Culinary Industry and gain global recognition. The previous editions saw an increasingly positive response from the schools across India and gained a global recognition by the hospitality community, making the event a benchmark for the industry.
In the past two years this event has taken a mega turn with coveted TV channels such as NDTV Good Times in 2017 and FOOD FOOD Channel in 2018 taking a keen interest and telecasting the competition.
This year 2500 schools participated in the initial rounds from Bangalore and Hyderabad, where they were judged on their culinary skills in the South Zone preliminary round.
A total of 10 students per zone will be competing in the Zonal Semi – Finals and two per zone will be participating in Mega-Finals, scheduled to be held in Delhi on April 13th 2018.
The judges panel included high profile culinary personalities like Chef Rayomund Pardiwalla of MSR Hotels, Chef Ashish Ugal of Taj Bangalore, Airport ; Chef Daniel Kumar of Holiday Inn and Suites ; Chef Chakradhar of Howard Johnson; Chef Ashish Sanyal of Lalit Ashok
The contestants, who represented various schools of India will be judged on metrics such as culinary skills and techniques, adherence to good health and safety and hygiene practice, minimal waste and best use of ingredients, professional appearance, attitude, dish presentation, taste and flavor.
Mrs. Shalini Khanna Charles, Director – Bangalore, IIHM, said, “Opportunities like Young Chef India Schools encourages youngsters to bring out the passion of cooking, it’s a life skill, everyone should have. With increasing numbers of participants every year we are delighted to be an agent of change, helping the future flag-bearers of this nation, in choosing a different career options and be creative in whatever they do since cooking is both a science and an art. We are happy to have industry and schools support us wholehearted in this competition.”
Chef Daniel Kumar at Holiday Inn and Suites said, “Young Chef India is an amazing platform giving the students an opportunity to know about the industry. The idea to become a good chef, one should work with a good chef exploring and learning from the vast ocean of knowledge. In India where the scenario is changing and parents are respecting the profession, an initiative like this is very appreciative.”
International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), founded in 1994, is a part of the IndiSmart Group. The group is a large conglomerate that operates the IndiSmart Hotels and offers a wide range of services in the field of Hospitality Management Education Training & Consultancy in India as well as the South East Asia. Today, the Institute is the largest Hotel School Chain that leads in the field of International Hospitality Management Education in India with campuses at Kolkata, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and KBU Bangkok in the capital city in Thailand.
IIHM was the first collegiate program in the country offering discerning students the opportunity to be trained in globally recognized skills and earn an International Degree in Hospitality Management through its collaboration with The Edinburgh Napier University, UK and tie-up with University of West London.