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    The third edition of SuperChef Chennai promises tougher competition and trickier tasks, with 400 entries and counting

    BY NOW you know that SuperChef Chennai is one competition that all aspiring chefs in the city have their eyes on. With celebrity judges, mystery challenges and a pantry full of world-class ingredients, this fund raising competition (for Sanjeevi Primary Health Care Centre) attracts some of the best talent in the city. Even in the third year (February 21-22), the kids category is the one to watch out for, says Ambika, one of the organisers. “We made announcements about the competition in many schools like Lady Andal and Bala Vidya Mandir, so more children would participate,” she shares, while chef Vicky Ratnani, who once again joins chef Sanjay Thumma and The Park’s own chef Rajesh Radhakrishnan on the judging panel, admits that the children come out with better dishes than most adults.
    The format game
    Kids Cooking class at The Park. Preeti story. Express/Martin Louis“For a young kid to have such a good understanding of using ingredients like salt and pepper is brilliant,” he says, adding that in future, the competition will definitely get more challenging. Elaborating on the changes this year, chef Radhakrishnan says, “The way we choose people has changed. We were evaluating recipes in the preliminary round last year, but this year they will bring dishes made at home to be judged.” From around 400 entries (30 per cent more than last year), 12 entries will be selected in categories like Adult Individual, Adult Team and Juniors Team (10 to 14 year olds). Teams will consist of two members each.
    Skills metre
    Promising tougher challenges in the final round, Radhakrishnan says finalists will not only discover their task on the spot, but will also face guidelines in terms of using the pantry this year, making things more complex. Judged on innovation, taste and presentation, the finalists will have to put forth their best skills if they wish to take home vouchers for weekends at The Park hotels, among other prizes. But if they pay close attention to the master classes by the three chefs, who will be doing demos during the preliminary round on February 21, they just might learn a few skills that could be vital in the finals. The event is by the Madras Cosmopolitan Ladies Circle 38, Madras Cosmopolitan Round Table 94 and The Park hotel.

    The preliminary round takes place at  TVH Quadrant on LB Road, Adyar, and the finals at The Park, Nungambakkam on Feb 22. Details: 9962700306

    Ryan Peppin

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