Chennai: To emphasize Hyatt’s focus on its rich culinary heritage, Hyatt Hotels in India hosted the fifth season of ‘Hyatt Culinary Challenge-people cooking for people’ during the last weekend of October across 14 cities.
Hyatt Culinary Challenge was conceptualized as a unique event that will bring together individuals from the corporate realm on a common platform where they could showcase their culinary expertise and passion for food in an interactive culinary event. Each participant was paired with a child participant from Prayag Charitable Trust NGO to create a participant choice recipe to be adjudged by a panel of distinguished judges from the culinary sphere.
Speaking on the occasion, Harleen Mehta, VP, Sales Operations, Hyatt India said, “Hyatt hotels around the world are recognized for their innovation, creativity and strong focus on Food and Beverage. The objective behind running the Hyatt Culinary Challenge was to give a wider audience across India the opportunity to engage with Hyatt as a brand by participating in ‘people cooking for people’. The overwhelming response that we have witnessed across the cities, over the past years, has been truly encouraging and we look forward to another wonderful edition.”
“We were thrilled to host the fifth edition of Hyatt Culinary Challenge and savoured some unique and exquisite dishes prepared by the wonderful participants”, says, Mr. Vishal Mehra, General Manager, Park Hyatt Chennai.
Mr. Tarun Seth, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Chennai, said “The participants from both Park Hyatt Chennai and Hyatt Regency Chennai cooked with dedication and put in a lot of effort for this event. It was indeed great to witness such enthusiasm.”
The preliminary runners up and winners at each city were awarded a stay at various Hyatt Hotels across India and the winner has been invited to participate in the Grand Finale at Park Hyatt Hyderabad on 2nd December 2018. The winner from the finale will win 3 nights and 4 days with airfare for two at Hyatt Centric Times Square, New York. There’s something for the runner-up as well, 3 nights and 4 days with airfare for two at Hyatt Centric, Candolim Goa.
At Park Hyatt Chennai the participants created a myriad of family style recipes ranging from Forest Salty-Sweety Chicken with Seasonal fruits to royal traditional dish from the palaces of Rajasthan, Dal Bati Churma and the delectableKerala Toddy Shop Crab Roast. It was truly an indulgent experience and Mr. Michel Banderly who prepared Coquilles a’l’ancienne was adjudged winner and will represent Chennai in the finale.
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Dishes prepared by Participants
- Rachid Sahli – Forest Salty-Sweety Chicken with Seasonal Fruits
- Arti Bagdy – Dal Bati Churma ( runners up)
- Karin Stoll – Käspätzle (Spätzle/Homemade Pasta with Cheese)
- Shamil Bicha – Kallu Shop Crab Roast (Kerala Toddy Shop Crab Roast)
- D. Manohar Devadoss – Madurai Kodhu Chicken
- Manikandan Thangarathinam – Country Fish Curry
- Michel Banderly – Coquilles a’l’ancienne ( winner)
- Vicky Menon – Allepey Fish Curry and Rice
About Park Hyatt Chennai – Park Hyatt Chennai is the 30th hotel in the global collection of Park Hyatt and features 201 luxurious guestrooms, including 20 indulgent suites, all thoughtfully designed to create an inviting environment and contribute to the understated sophistication of the hotel. The hotel embraces the serenity of the surrounding Guindy National Park with the elegant and chic interiors creating a unique, luxuriant and calming ambience. The theatrical dining destination, spanning over seven levels of culinary delights, The Flying Elephant, has already won the heart of the city. From The Dining Room, the all-day dining restaurant authentic South Indian cuisine and our signature Western fare is plated. The Apartment, has since housed many experiential meetings & events, within its unique residential style banqueting spaces. Antahpura Spa offers indulgent treatment rooms and spacious wet areas interwoven with custom-made services enabling you to delve deep within your inner sanctum.