Hyatt Culinary Challenge 2016 at Hyatt Regency Chandigarh

Chandigarh, India: To emphasize Hyatt’s focus on its rich culinary heritage, Hyatt Hotels in India hosted the third season of the ‘Hyatt Culinary Challenge – people cooking for people’ last month across select locations in India where Hyatt hotels are present.

13 CEO Finalists from across India with Kids from Smile Foundation Kick-start the Hyatt Culinary Challenge Grand Finale 2016

13 CEO Finalists from across India with Kids from Smile Foundation Kick-start the Hyatt Culinary Challenge Grand Finale 2016

The preliminary rounds of the season 2016 season were started off across Hyatt Hotels in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune and Raipur. The preliminary rounds were a runaway success with senior representatives from the corporate world coming together with enthusiastic young partners from the SMILE Foundation, Nirdosh and El Shaddai NGO to create culinary masterpieces.

Speaking on the occasion, Harleen Mehta, VP, Sales Operations, Hyatt South Asia said, “The Hyatt Culinary Challenge was conceptualized three years ago to encourage corporates to explore their passion outside the boardroom and make a difference to the community while doing so. We are delighted with the overwhelming response over the years – this also reinstates our purpose of caring for people so that they can be their best in everything they do. Our winner in 2016 will win an all-expense paid holiday to Andaz Tokyo and the runner-up will win a stay at the soon to open Andaz Delhi”

Mr Puneet Baijal – General Manager at Hyatt Regency Chandigarh said – “We are delighted to host the Grand Finale of the third edition of Culinary Challenge and look forward to fostering connections and creating energizing experiences for all our participants and friends.” 

Rocky Mohan - Director Mohan Meakins, Kurt Straub - VP Operations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts India, and Marryam H. Reshii - Food Critic & Writer at Hyatt Culinary Challenge Grand Finale 2016

Rocky Mohan – Director Mohan Meakins, Kurt Straub – VP Operations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts India, and Marryam H. Reshii – Food Critic & Writer at Hyatt Culinary Challenge Grand Finale 2016

The list of city specific winners and recipe names are listed below:

MUMBAI

Anushree Kulkarni – Chopda Vatana & Dhebra Magidal with Lasan Chutney

PUNE

Ayan Dutta – Around The World In 90 Minutes

DELHI

Chung Kwang Tien – Stuffed Green Pepper

BANGALORE

Susan Jude – Ghee Rice, Fish Gravy & Prawn Patties

CHENNAI

Benazir Hussain – Mutton Biryani

GOA

Vidhya Vernekar – Goan Prawn Curry

LUDHIANA

Hitesh Arora – Grilled Lamb Chops With Red Wine Pomegranate Sauce, Seared Scallops, Pea Puree With Mashed Potato

AMRITSAR

Puja Madaan – Cajun Spiced Lamb/ Chicken Served With Quinoa & Pasta

KOLKATA

Sarah Sandhu – Salad Sarafina

HYDERABAD

Ambika Philip – Hyderabadi “Lookh Me, Hyderabadi Pardah Murgh, Shahi Missu, The Hyderabadi Affair

AHMEDABAD

Siwei Li – Chicken Ballotine With Coriander Pesto Mushroom Stuffing, Served With Ratatouille Gratin

RAIPUR

Sonakshi Golecha – Noodles Ki Sabji, Sweet Heart Paratha, Exotic Triffle Pudding, Kesar Lemonade

CHANDIGARH

Sofi Zahoor – Rogan Josh And  Mutton Yakhini Along With Few Rustic Condiments and Kashmiri Kehwa

The judges’ panel at the Grand Finale at Hyatt Regency Chandigarh will have:

  • Marryam H. Reshii – Food critic and Independent writer.
  • Rocky Mohan – Chairman at Mohan Goldwater Breweries Ltd., Liquor baron, Founder of the eateries chain ‘Zila Kebabpur’, Columnist and Author of cookbooks.
  • Kurt Straub – VP Operations, Hyatt India.

GRAND FINALE PRIZE

The grand finale winner will enjoy an all-expense paid trip with return airfare in Business Class for two adults and a stay at the stunning Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills and the runner up wins a stay at the soon to be opened Andaz Delhi – the first one in India.

Vikram Kamboj

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