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Chefs vie for honours at India International Food & Wine show

At least 56 chefs gathered under one roof to showcase their skills to win the Fourth India International Food and Wine Show Culinary Cup.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 09:40 IST
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At least 56 chefs have gathered under one roof to showcase their culinary skills to win the Fourth India International Food and Wine Show Culinary Cup.

The four-day competition that began on Wednesday has been organized in collaboration with Le Cordon Bleu at the Taj Palace Hotel here. The competition is known as the '3rd LE CORDON BLEU-IFOWS CULINARY CUP.'

In this competition, chefs from leading Indian hotels and restaurants mesmerized the audience with their culinary magic, and created dishes using wine as the main ingredient. A distinguished panel of top Indian and European chefs and food critics will judge the participating entries.

Anil Chauhan, one of the participants, made two dishes Nalli Gosht as main dish and a sweet dish named Pineapple Jalebi. Sharing his experience, Chauhan said: "Such competitions give us a platform to show our skills and talent. I am very excited and enthusiastic to participate in this competition."

Chef Bill Marchetti, one of the competition's judges said: "Such competitions motivate young people and increase the standard of the chefs and provide professional experience to them."

Another judge, Chef David Bilsland, said: "Participants over here seem optimistic, enthusiastic, and keen on work. He also advised them to be disciplined and punctual in their work."

In all, there are 14 events spread over four days. Among them is the Vinitaly Grandi Marchi Wine Tasting, the inauguration of the Irish Pavilion by the Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, and the Gourmet Safari.

The grand finale will end on January 21 with the distribution of culinary awards and a dinner for the invitees.

Le Cordon Bleu is the sponsor of this year's chefs competition. After achieving great success in countries like Japan, Korea, Mexico and United States, Le Cordon Bleu has come to India to promote its food and non-food products.

It is one of the world's most important culinary institutes with 26 schools in 15 countries. It is also the only institute in the world to operate a five-diamond restaurant, the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA) and the Indian Culinary Forum (ICF).