Bengaluru’s young chefs make it to the Mega Finals at the Young Chef India Schools, 2018
Bengaluru’s Zahaan Gafoor from Mallya Aditi International School and Pratiksha D. Hinduja from Frank Anthony Public School make it to the Mega-finals at the Young Chef India Schools 2018. Zahaan and Pratiksha fought their way up to become the top two finalists from South Zone after competing against over 30,000 young participants since the inception of this year’s competition.
The duo who are amongst the top 10 finalists will be competing in the Mega-finals that will be held on April 13th2018 at Delhi for the coveted title and a prize money of Rs. 5,00,000 and a scholarship to study at The International Institute of Hotel management. The participants will be judged on metrics such as culinary skills and techniques, adherence to good health and safety and hygiene practice, minimal waste and best use of ingredients, professional appearance, attitude, dish presentation, taste and flavor.
The Young Chef India School was created as a platform giving opportunity for higher secondary students, where budding Chefs get a glimpse of the workings of the Culinary Industry and gain global recognition. The previous editions saw an increasingly positive response from the schools across India and gained a global recognition by the hospitality community, making the event a benchmark for the industry.
In the past eight years this event has taken a mega turn with coveted TV channels such as NDTV Good Times in 2017 and FOOD FOOD Channel in 2018 taking a keen interest and telecasting the competition.
Mrs. Shalini Khanna Charles, Director – Bangalore, IIHM, said, “I am happy for Zahan and Pratiksha who have made it to the Mega finals. Everyone who made it this far is already a winner, however I hope one of them brings the crown of Young Chef India Schools to Bangalore this time. I wish them all the best.”
K.D. Pope, Principal – Frank Anthony Public School, said, “Congratulations Pratiksha, we are all very proud of your achievements. All the best for the Mega-Finals.”
Ms Preeti Sarin, HOD – Mallya Aditi International School, said, “I am so proud of Zahan Gafoor on making it to the IIHM mega finals. With his hard work and self-perseverance attitude Zahan can achieve great success. I am sure he will give a tough fight to his contenders and come out with flying colours. We at Aditi are so happy that he has reached the finals. God bless.”
International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), founded in 1994, is a part of the IndiSmart Group. The group is a large conglomerate that operates the IndiSmart Hotels and offers a wide range of services in the field of Hospitality Management Education Training & Consultancy in India as well as the South East Asia. Today, the Institute is the largest Hotel School Chain that leads in the field of International Hospitality Management Education in India with campuses at Kolkata, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and KBU Bangkok in the capital city in Thailand.
IIHM was the first collegiate program in the country offering discerning students the opportunity to be trained in globally recognized skills and earn an International Degree in Hospitality Management through its collaboration with The Edinburgh Napier University, UK and tie-up with University of West London.