Young Chef Olympiad 2016

The Young Chef Olympiad is a culinary competition among the college students from all over the world, and, this year, the competition has been spread across 6 days and 4 cities – Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Kolkata – where it will begin on January 27 and will end with a finale on February 1.

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There are two types of people in the world – people for whom food is a mere fuel necessary for the survival and people for whom food is an emotion, a connection, a linchpin of happiness, and a significant part of their evolution. For the latter group, food binds them, defines them, and, in many ways, represents them and their culture. Their relationship with the food is eternal and sacred. Their strong visual and olfactory sensors can tell you stories about food without even tasting it as food is much more than just satiating an appetite for them.

In order to cook, it is fundamental to understand the food. Some people have a flair for cooking since their childhood whereas some bond with it during their upbringing – I have seen that some parents explain the importance of food to their kids in an amazing way. Cooking is an unspoken language, and very few people comprehend it; however, when these brilliant minds convert their consuming desire and devotion for cooking and food into a profession, the real fun begins where they enter into the most enchanting phase of their lives.

These unbridled and inspiring thoughts occurred to me during the fascinating conversations relating to the Young Chef Olympiad championship (@ycolympiad). When Pooja Trehan Dhamecha (the lady behind @nuvofoodies), one of my very good friends, invited me to meet with the creative heads of the aforementioned championship, my impulse to know more about this competition compelled me to become a part of it, and, in hindsight, I was happy to attend this fun-filled, insightful, and interactive session.

The Young Chef Olympiad is a culinary competition among the college students from all over the world. Its inception took place in 2015 in India – we host the event – where the idea was conceptualised by the International Institute of Hotel Management. The culinary mavens congregate from various countries and participate in this heated competition to showcase their prowess and finesse in the art and the realm of cooking. After the successful attempt in the first year where a total of 15 countries participated, this second edition will proudly host 67 countries where the contestants will fight for the prestigious title and a cash prize of $10,000. Every country is represented by one chef student; in other words, each country needs to send their best student chef along with the mentor from their hospitality and culinary institution.

The Young Chef Olympiad 2016 has been spread across 6 days and 4 cities – Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Kolkata – where it will begin on January 27 and will end with a finale on February 1. Various celebrity chefs will be a part of this event and will be judging the contestants in terms of their skills, finesse, expertise, technicalities etc. Phew!!! It is not going to be easy.
As the organisers very aptly mentioned, the entire aim is to bring the different food cultures and culinary schools all together at one place so that the participants experience a melange of various food cuisines. It is, indeed, a great platform and a wonderful opportunity for these talented contestants to learn from each other and understand the horizons relating to the world of food and cooking.

India, a country which showcase an amazing versatility and diversity in terms of its food, is proud to host this event second time as well, and a fourfold increase (from 15 to 67) in the number of participating countries this year implies an impactful event. I wish loads of success to the participants. May the best young chef wins………

To know more about the event, you can visit their site: Young Chef Olympiad 2016 (http://www.ycolympiad.com/)

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