Food Lovers Club and METRO Cash and Carry India announce the 2nd edition of The Young Chefs’ Culinary Challenge in Bangalore

Bangalore, December 07, 2011: METRO Cash & Carry India, in association with the Food Lovers Club, kicked off the second edition of the Young Culinary Chefs’ Culinary Challenge in the city of Bangalore today. Titled ‘Produce to Plate – Young Chefs’ Culinary Challenge 2011’, the challenge will see twenty-five (25) of the most talented and upcoming chefs from across hotels and restaurants in the city gather at a common platform and display their skills in producing some of the finest gourmet dishes for Bangalore’s connoisseurs. The 25 participants will undergo a series of challenges and eliminations before the five (5) best of the lot reach the final round.

As part of the preliminary rounds, the participating chefs along with their Executive Chefs visited the METRO store in Yeshwanthpur, to identify and shortlist their preferred choice of ingredients for their recipes. The participants were required to submit details of their preferred ingredients and culinary workstations by December 2, 2011. After the preliminary rounds on December 7 and 8, 2011, the Challenge will host its final round on December 15, 2011. Winners will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, in addition to attractive cash awards of Rs. 61,000, Rs. 41,000 and Rs. 31,000 for the First, Second and Third Prizes respectively. They will also have the privileged opportunity to be featured in Food Lovers’ magazine.

The Young Chefs’ Culinary Challenge 2011 will see some of the most renowned chefs in India judging the event, including Chef Abhijit Saha, Founder Director and Executive Chef, Avant Garde Hospitality, Chef Madhu Krishnan – Executive Chef, ITC Gardenia, Chef Nimish Bhatia – Executive Chef, The Lalit Ashok, Chef Vijaya Bhaskaran – Executive Chef, Le Meridien, Chef Rudolph Eichele – Executive Chef, The Leela Palace Kempisnki, Chef Vijay Malhotra – Executive Chef, ITC Windsor, Chef Ramasamy Selvaraju – Executive Chef, Vivanta by Taj – MG Road, Chef Naren Thimmaiah – Executive Chef, The Gateway Hotel, Chef Gustavo Maurelli – Executive Chef, Sheraton Bangalore at Brigade Gateway, Mr. Rishad Minocher – Vice Chancellier, Chaine des Rotisseurs, Mr. Sushil Dwarkanath – Head of Hotel Management, Christ University and Mr. Kripal Amanna – Publisher & Managing Editor, Food Lovers.

Mr. Ajay Sheodaan, Director, Customer Management, METRO Cash and Carry Indiasaid, “METRO is uniquely positioned to support hotels and restaurants that cater to clientele with discerning palates and exposure to a wide variety of international cuisines. For us, the Young Chefs’ Culinary Challenge 2011 is a wonderful opportunity to encourage these promising chefs to sample, experiment with and create culinary masterpieces from the vast range of high quality products we offer.”

METRO offers an impressive array of over 3000 items ranging from fresh produce to gourmet ingredients, culinary equipment, professional cookware and serve-ware, designed to fulfill the complete product needs of the F&B industry – and all of this will be at the disposal of the participating young maestros as they push the envelope in creating culinary masterpieces designed to tempt the most experienced palate.

Mr. Kripal Amanna, Founder & Managing Director at Hospitality Initiatives India Pvt. Ltd., “This challenge is part of an initiative to create a sustainable platform to recognize and celebrate the talent of young chefs who work diligently to create fabulous culinary experiences. We hope that this endeavor will also eventually synergize with the industry’s endeavor to nurture and encourage future culinary leaders.”

The Young Chef’s Culinary Challenge 2011 is a unique platform exclusively for young professional chefs employed at leading hotels and free-standing restaurants. The challenge will call on participants to showcase their culinary talents using the choicest of ingredients available at METRO Cash & Carry India, a partner in this initiative.

About METRO Cash & Carry
METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 30 countries with around 700 self-service wholesale centers. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, the company achieved sales of approximately € 31.1 billion in 2010. METRO Cash & Carry is a sales division of the METRO GROUP. More information at www.metro.co.in.

About Food Lovers Club
Food Lovers Club is promoted by Food Lovers magazine, the country's first urban-centric publication dedicated to the celebration of food in its many myriad forms. Food Lovers Club was initiated in November 2007 with a vision to transcend the pages of the magazine, and create real-world experiences in the arena of food, wine and spirits and gastronomy for consumers to savour. Restaurant reviews, recipes, in-season specials, markets, foodie profiles, chef stories, gourmet travel, food and wine, cocktails and spirits – readers can expect to find all these and more in each issue of Food Lovers. Food Lovers Club may be reached at +91 80 4036 4901-06/ +91 95914 22554.

For Further Details, please contact:

Jyotsna Murthy
PR & Corporate Communications 
Email: jyotsna.murthy@metro.co.in