Friday saw the culmination of the regional finals of the 2013 edition of the IIHM Young Chef India Schools organised by the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) and supported by Ministry of Tourisms Incredible India campaign. Started in 2011,this year saw 5,000 students from over 3,000 schools in north India battle it out over the stove for a shot at the grand finals to be held in London on September 17. A gruelling contest was held at IIHM in Badarpur,with Ashutosh Verma,from KR Mangalam School,Delhi,emerging victorious,and getting a berth at the London final,with the chance to win a Rs five lakh prize. The panel of judges comprised Sanjay Kak,Group Corporate Chef at the Indismart Group,Darren Conole,Executive Chef Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts,Sabyasachi Gorai,Executive Chef in Olive Bar and Kitchen and Micheal Koopman,General Manager Leela Kempinski,Gurgaon. Verma delighted them with his innovative takes on simple Indian dishes including a salad,pepper mutton curry,and paneer and egg paratha.
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