Chefs from across India battled it out for the fifth edition of the Great Indian Culinary Challenge (GICC) held from January 27-29 by Hospitality World Mumbai 2011.
As many as 140 competitors,from leading hotels like JW Marriott,Grand Hyatt,The Leela,Taj Lands End and Trident,showcased their culinary talents in categories such as artistic display,cold display and live cooking.
HospitalityWorld is organised by Express Hospitality,a magazine from The Indian Express Groups Business Publications Division.
If days one and two saw chefs toil over plated appetisers,petit fours and chocolate displays,the last day had them conjuring the best in plated desserts. The jury consisted of 17 chefs from across renowned brands. Chef Vernon Coelho,President of Western India Culinary Association and one of the jury members,called the turnout impressive. We even had to stop entries because of technical constraints. More importantly,the quality of the displays has been excellent. The displays that I judged were very modern,using the latest techniques like molecular gastronomy,and were of international standards.
Chef Salil Fadnis,executive chef,Sahara Star,Mumbai,said: We saw nearly 50 per cent increase on entries over last year. Winners of past GICCs have gone on to represent their respective companies at international competitions and forums. GICC began in 2005 with around 40 participants.
The Challenge Winners
Mahesh Bagkar,Marriott Pune Hotel and Convention Centre (Bronze); Vikas Bagul,Trident (Silver); Lawrence Fernandes,Sahara Star Hotel (Silver)
Mihir Kane,J W Marriott (Bronze); Amaresh Nandan,Taj Lands End (Bronze); Iftekhar Ali,Grand Hyatt (Silver); Sameer Karkare,The Leela Kempinski (Silver); Tapan Koyal,Sahara Star Hotel (Silver); Sahil Sabhlok,Taj Lands End (Silver); Ravi Shankar Sharma,J W Marriott (Gold); Rupesh Khandekar,Sahara Star Hotel (Gold)
Petit Fours or Pralines
Palak J Dave,Trident (Bronze); Aashay M Chirmuley,Four Seasons Hotel (Bronze); Rabin Rana,Grand Hyatt (Bronze); Rashna Elavia,The Leela Kempinski (Silver); Pradeep Bist,Hyatt Regency,Mumbai (Silver)
Rahul Gupta,Four Seasons Hotel (Bronze); Amanat Hussain,The Leela Kempinski (Bronze); Smita N Thakur,Hyatt Regency,Mumbai (Bronze); Anant Bansode,Courtyard Marriott,Mumbai (Bronze); Hanumanta Dhotre,Novotel Hotel,Juhu Beach (Silver); Arpitha Harish,Taj Lands End (Silver); Prafull N Aina,Trident (Gold)
Individual Live Hot Cooking
Naveen Alvares,The Orchid Hotel (Bronze); Gersome F J,The Orchid Hotel (Bronze); Philemon C Varghese,Four Seasons Hotel (Bronze); Prachi Ganoo,Four Seasons Hotel (Bronze); Binod Kumar,The Leela Kempinski (Bronze); Jitendra R Nakhwa,Hyatt Regency,Mumbai (Bronze); Rajiv Das,Sahara Star Hotel (Bronze); Jayendra Anthwal,Sahara Star Hotel (Bronze); Pravin B Pandey,Grand Hyatt (Silver); Ashish Thapliyal,Grand Hyatt (Silver); Anuj Sarkar,Four Seasons Hotel (Gold); Deniis Ridlon,Grand Hyatt (Gold); Souvik Ray,The Leela Kempinski (Gold); Tapan Koyal,Sahara Star Hotel (Gold); Siddharth N Vadhavkar,Taj Lands End (Gold)