There is ‘food’ news for the students of Hansraj College. The college now has a society for the foodies – Culinary Arts Society (CAS), the very first of its kind in Delhi University (DU). Founded by two second year B. Com students, namely Aseem Jain and Ananya Gupta, the society is for those who have a keen interest in food critiquing, food blogging or even just plain hogging.
About why they started the society, Jain shares that the idea was to bring together the foodies of the college. He says, “Food is no longer about the normal ghar ka khaana, it has become much more than that. Innovations such as molecular cooking, new quirky cafes, and amazing presentation – food industry has evolved drastically. Before starting the society, we did a survey among the college students and most showed interest in various aspects of food. Some wanted to get into food blogging, food critiquing, hotel management and others were just foodies. So we thought, why not?”
The proceeds from the bake sale will go to charity. (Amal KS/HT)
The idea of a culinary society became such a hit with the students, that within few days of its inception, the society got overwhelming attention and received over 90 applications. Gupta shares, “To be a member, students have to go through two rounds – application and interview. We ask them questions about their vision for a culinary society, about their previous achievements related to the field, and give them several scenario based questions. What we’re looking for is passion because, as Aseem said, food is much more than just cooking now.”
Events such as food festivals, informative discussions around food, and charity bake sales will be held for its members. Rashi Arora, a 2nd year student and member of the society, says, “Our first event is a bake sale. We had initially planned to host it for two days — today and yesterday, but all the items were sold out on the first day itself so it was only a one-day affair.”
Talking about the society, she shares, “Accha khaana toh khaane ko milega hi but the society will also provide a platform to the students interested in culinary courses. They will have a place to present their skills for culinary arts in different fields related to it such as management, organisation, and so forth. For those of us who want to set up our own food businesses, this will be great learning.”