Chef XXX wins the Young Chefs’ Culinary Challenge 2013 title

Bangalore, June 21, 2013: The 3rd annual Young Chefs’ Culinary Challenge concluded with the announcement of the winners of this prestigious competition in Bangalore. Chef XXX of ABC hotel bagged the first place, and was awarded a gold medal, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 71,000. Close on his heels at second place were Chef YYY of ABC Hotel, who won the silver medal, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 61,000, and Chef ZZZ of ABC Hotel in third place with the bronze medal, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 51,000. All winners received attractive METRO hampers and the exclusive opportunity to be featured in Food Lovers magazine, while other participants received certificates of participation.

Presented by the Food Lovers Club in partnership with METRO Wholesale, the Young Culinary Chefs’ Culinary Challenge 2013 is seen as an increasingly prestigious platform for talented and upcoming chefs from across hotels and restaurants in the city, to demonstrate their expertise in the professional kitchen. This year’s Challenge saw 34 of the most talented and upcoming chefs in the city display their culinary skills by producing some of the finest gourmet dishes for Bangalore foodies. The 34 participants underwent a series of challenges and eliminations before the nine best of the lot reached the final round.

The results were declared at a gala evening attended by celebrity chefs and gourmands from across Bangalore.

Mr. Rajeev Bakshi, Managing Director, METRO Cash and Carry India said, “METRO is proud to support exceptional culinary talent from an industry that caters to some of the most discerning palates in the city. For us, the Young Chefs’ Culinary Challenge 2013 is a wonderful platform to nurture the talent of these promising chefs, who sampled, experimented with and created culinary masterpieces from the vast range of high quality products we offered. We wish all the participants the very best on their creative professional journeys..”

Winner Chef XXX expressed his appreciation of the Challenge, saying “The Young Chefs’ Culinary Challenge provided each and every one of us a huge opportunity to showcase what we are capable of in the professional kitchen. To be part of such a challenge itself is a privilege, and I’m immensely thankful to METRO Cash & Carry and Food Lovers Club for having given us such a platform, and encouraging our talents.”

Mr. Kripal Amanna, Founder & Managing Director at Hospitality Initiatives India Pvt. Ltd. said, “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.”

METRO’s impressive array of over 3000 items ranges 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 was at the disposal of the participating young maestros as they pushed the envelope in creating culinary masterpieces – winning recognition from their peers in the industry.

About METRO Cash & Carry
METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 29 countries with around 700 self-service wholesale centres. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, the company achieved sales of about € 32 billion in 2012. METRO Cash & Carry is a sales division of the METRO GROUP. The company currently operates fifteen wholesale distribution centres including two each in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai, and one each in New Delhi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Zirakpur, Amritsar, Vijayawada and Indore. More information at

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