Mystery boxes and classes — here’s what you need to know about the second edition of Superchef Chennai
For starters, last year saw a total of 160 entries, while this year hopes to accommodate 360. Add to that mystery boxes, two-member teams and master classes leading up to the event and you have a rather enticing recipe. Organised by the Madras Cosmopolitan Round Table 94 and Ladies Circle 38, the event, taking place over the second weekend of February, will be raising funds for Sanjeevi, a primary healthcare centre in Maraimalai Nagar. And we learn from Sai Jayalakshmy, part of the core team behind the event, that this year will see a ‘tweaked’ format.
Course of action
“We will have three categories this year — Adult Individual, Adult Team (two members) and Junior Individual (10-14 year olds),” Jayalakshmy says. To participate, you simply submit a registration form with a creative recipe of your own, and what’s more, you get to submit multiple forms with a recipe each, to better your chances — at Rs 250 per form (Rs 500 for teams), of course. The two-day competition, consisting of an elimination quiz, master class and final mystery box cook off, will be judged by chefs Sanjeev Kapoor, Vicki Ratnani, Sanjay Thumma and Rajesh Radhakrishnan. The juniors will get to know the contents of the mystery box a day in advance, while it will be an open pantry and a challenge to come up with a three-course meal for the teams.
Head to class
“Creativity, complexity, taste and presentation will be the criteria we’ll be judging on for the finals,” says chef Radhakrishnan of The Park. Jayalakshmi shares that the winners can look forward to a 2N3D holiday at any of The Park’s properties in addition to gift vouchers, coupons and equipment from Butterfly. One of the highlights this year are the ‘open to all’ master classes being conducted over the weekends leading up to the event (February 8-9). Sign up for the upcoming master class at Spaghetti Kitchen tomorrow and who knows, you just might be inspired to join in when registry opens on January 26. The forms can be downloaded on superchefchennai.com
— Ryan Peppin