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    Supersizing Fun

    SuperChef gets bigger this year with a carnival featuring food from 16 countries, besides the competition.

    SOCIAL media has been abuzz with selfies of celebrities like Arvind Swamy, Arya, Harris Jayaraj and actor Madhavan donning the apron. If you have been elsewhere, well the action is hotting up over the fourth edition of the popular cooking competition, SuperChef, next week. Presented by Madras Cosmopolitan Ladies Circle 38, along with Madras Cosmopolitan Round Table 94, it has celebrity support and new features this time. “Every year there is a slight innovation in the format to keep it interesting for repeat participants. We have added a new category to the competition for student chefs — participants are from the various culinary institutes in the city. And our food carnival is a new concept this year,” says Farheen Pasha, the chairperson of the Ladies Circle. Featuring mystery boxes and time restrictions, the cooking competitions will be held over two days (February 27 and 28) with 500 home cooks (adult, team and kids category) expected to vie for the title of Chennai’s SuperChef at The Park Hotel. The participants will get to interact and also snag a Masterclass with the judges — the three celebrity chefs Sanjay Thumma, Vicky Ratnani and Aditya Bal (of NDTV’s Bachelor’s Kitchen fame). Chef Ratnani, who has been associated with SuperChef for three consecutive years, says, “A clear plan, time management, a flair for flavours, a cool mind and a creative plate will make a winner.” The winners get holiday packages to exotic resorts in the country, inclusive of flight tickets. All proceeds go to charity.
    Last day for registration: February 24 (at Rs 300). On February 21, head to the food carnival (entry at Rs 100). On February 28, catch the cook-off (Rs 500) at The Park, followed by the gala dinner (Rs 2,500). Details: superchefchennai.com or 9791133083

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    The International Food Carnival at the regal Amir Mahal this Sunday promises exotic cuisines, ice sculpture, music and fire juggling barmen. Asif Ali, the dewan to and son of the Prince of Arcot, says, “We have recipes which are handed down over generations and our chefs too will be putting together some classics for the carnival.” He is happy that his home “will be bringing together different cultures under one roof.” In association with the Overseas Women’s Club, there are 10 stalls by consulates including the French, the Belgian and the Russian. Expect the Singapore Sling from the Singaporeans, nasi lemak from the Malaysians and flap jacks by the British, among others. The home cook section will see past participants, besides “dishes you will not get an opportunity to try elsewhere. Like the Nawabi Arcot Biryani (from the Nawab’s kitchen),” says Pasha, who along with her team has curated the menu that includes out-of-the-box restaurant fare, too.

    Dishes from Rs 50 to Rs 300. The carnival
    is from 4 pm to 10 pm.

    — Lakshmi Baliga

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