Young Chef India Schools 2018: Top 8 Finalists


By K Ashwin Mobile: 09920183006

Eight students have made to the finals of India’s largest culinary competition for schools – the 8th Edition of Young Chef India Schools 2018. The finalists competed against more than 30,000 students from 2500 schools across India.

The Final Round will be held on 9th June 2018, Saturday in Delhi and judged by Chef Sanjay Kak who has over two decades of professional experience in many facets of hospitality industry and Celebrity Chef Shaun Kenworthy .

The winner of the 8th edition YCI Schools 2018, conceptualized and executed by IIHM, will be awarded the title, a cash prize of Rs. 5,00,000 and a scholarship to study at the International Institute of Hotel Management.

Young Chef India Schools 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.

The contestants, who represented schools from across 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 flavour.

The Top 8 finalists who made it to the Grand Finale are-

Zone Name School City
North Guneev Sachdeva Wehlam Girls’ School Dehradun
North Tanya Yadav DAV School, Gurugram Gurugram
East Suvankhi Roy The Modern High School Kolkata
East Sarthak Soni Birla High School Kolkata
South Pratiksha The Frank Anthony Public School Bangalore
South Zahan Gafoor Mallya Aditi International School Bangalore
West Mrunal Khedekar St. Patrick’s Junior College, Pune, Maharashtra Pune
West Siddhi Mahesh Rashivadekar SNDT College of Home Science, Pune, Maharashtra Pune

Mrs. Shalini Khanna Charles, Director – Bangalore, IIHM, said, Young Chef India Schools which pioneered in the year 2011 has helped youngsters dream big in the world of Culinary Arts . The competition has widened the scope of this amazing field of art , has helped youngsters to discover their hidden talent in cooking and given them  huge confidence to face an audience in Television and all other mediums in such an early age . Am extremely proud to be associated with this competition which has enhanced and come a long way in its 8th season held this year. Wishing the best to all the participants and finalists.

Chef Kak said, YCI schools is the only competition of its kind that brings out the chef in the school students. This competition promotes culinary art as a life skill and gives the students a platform to exhibit their skills on national level.

The Grand Finale will be aired on Food Food Channel at 5.00 PM on 9th June, Saturday.

About IIHM:

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.

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