What a day! it all started with hustle ,bustle and the sweet sound of the crockery ,utensils and cutleries as the young ladies participating in the cooking contest organized by youngbutterfly.in in collaboration with the ,Culinary crafts , Powai began their cooking job of the day. A busy and wonderful day indeed .The tables were covered with colorful vegetables and ingredients and with curiosity in their eyes and enthusiasm in hearts the contestants had reached the venue. The whole day was spent beautifully among clicks, imparting instructions, coordinating and tasting the delicious food prepared by the contestants. Preparing a healthy lunchbox is a task itself ,in addition, the secret ingredient introduced ,demanded some amount of creativity and culinary skills. I thoroughly enjoyed the event with the Organizers who were so kind and cooperative and the talented contestants. Some of the contestants were home bakers ,finance professionals working in corporate , college students , homemakers etc .
The cookoff was a final round which consisted of shortlisted candidates who had submitted their recipes online. It was held in two batches as there was only 6 cooking stations in the venue and 12 contestants.
Event Name :#YBCookoff
Time: 9.00 am to 2.00 pm
Venue: Culinary craft Powai
Category : Cook off , Food event
Cook off theme:
The theme of the cookoff was “Health in my dabba” and I had asked them to prepare a healthy lunchbox including the secret ingredient in one of the main element of the Lunchbox. This had given me an opportunity to test their innovative thinking ,presence of mind and culinary skills.
Cook off judging criteria
The marking priority was given on the basis of the way the secret ingredient was used in cooking, healthy ingredients used, the balance of flavors in the final dish, the technique used in cooking, plating etc. , in addition to the the taste of the dish.
cook off judging sheets
The Batch 1 had got Mango which is the favorite fruit of the season
Batch 2 had got Pumpkin which is very versatile to be used in sweet and savory dishes.
Preparations by the contestants:
The contestants came up with delicious dishes like
Mango: Jain Mango Mexican curry ,Mango salsa, Mango cupcakes, Mango and veggie salads etc
Pumpkin: Pumpkin poori, Pumpkin parathas, Pumpkin biryan, Pupkin oats tikki
The organizers of this #YBCookoff was “youngbutterfly.in” ,a company which provides ,featured directory listing for its clients , who are mostly educators ,engaged in imparting education or any type of talent or skill development activity among its students. You will get thorough and comprehensive area wise information about any learning and development activity like Institutes, Classes,Private Tutions ,Camps and Workshops in various categories such as Academics, Art and Craft, Music and Dance, Sports, Fitness, Day Care, Cooking , Personality Development , and the list does not end here.The company is founded and managed by Vivek Jain who has a long successful career in IT industry before starting this wonderful venture.
Venue Partner, Culinary craft Mumbai
The cook-off was held in the beautiful cooking studio “Culinary crafts” owned and managed by Shajida Khan. Culinary craft is a modern ,well equipped high class cooking studio located at Powai. This studio is the brain child of homemaker and mom turned entrepreneur Shajida Khan who had a deep passion for cooking always and had a vision of making the art of cooking a fun and joyful activity for all.The studio hosts baking and cooking classes in collaborations with Chefs from the food and restaurant industry.
Note of thanks:
I am thankful to YoungButterfly.in for giving me this wonderful opportunity and experience and Shajida Khan for being so cooperative throughout the event.
When a bunch of women congregate and unleash their creativity and express their voice and take an oath to organize themselves, then it is a bliss in turbulence to see their eyes blazing with prospect. When a mother like Shazida finds back her independent identity, breaking the shackle of monotony yet not hampering the tradition, family and child, it deserves yet another kudos to her effort.