MealTango decided to revolutionize the word ‘Chef’ with its popular vote contest called, ‘Who will be Pune’s Best Chef?’ On 5th of February, 2017, MealTango opened its doors or perhaps a voting platform for everyone who is passionate about food across Pune.
The range of contestants taking part included chefs of marquee restaurants- such as Malaka Spice, Tertulia and Irish Village; TV personalities and Michelin Star Restaurant Chefs such as Chef Parag Kanhere, talent from some of the world’s top chef institutes like Le Cordon Bleu chef and passionate home chefs.
The contestants had to first pass through a popular vote. And the question lingered… who would Pune vote for as its best chef?
After an exhaustive 350+ shares and 35,000+ views, and numerous checks to ensure fair voting, the finalists were selected after combing through over 10,000 votes from Pune’s foodies.
Was voting the only stepping stone to decide who would the best chef be? NO!
Each of the finalists were subjected to a grueling cooking demonstration where they had to prepare a dish on the spot in front of a panel of judges.
Eventually, after a lot of efforts and days of voting, the WINNER has been finally revealed!!
Who is PUNE’s BEST CHEF?
MealTango awarded Girija Kirpekar Naik as Pune’s Best Chef!
First Runner up, was Shruti Satpute, talented Maharasthrian Homechef and chef on the MealTango platform.
Second Runner up was Vivek Kothakonda, specialising in Hyderabadi Biryanis.
(From l-r: First Runner Up – Shruti Kulkarni, Winner Girija, Celebrity Chef Christine Manfield and Second Runner Up – Vivek K )
The title was presented by Masterchef Australia Celebrity Chef and Author, Christine Manfield at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Colaba, Mumbai. In addition to being titled as ‘Pune’s Best Chef’ the winners were presented with gifts and hampers worth ₹10,000 from sponsors like Stahl Kitchenware, Weikfield and FoodThink
The contest encouraged many homechefs to step beyond their kitchen and show Pune what their hearts are filled with! The event truly united Chefs from various walks of life to join hands and spread the joy of enjoying a meal made with love! Sona Bahadur, former editor of the BBC Good Food Magazine, India; Le Cordon Bleu, France also embraced the event with Team MealTango.
The celebrations aren’t over yet – All the participants will be soon receiving prizes from Weikfield along with certificates of participation!
M for MealTango
(Anti-clockwise from Top Left – Pune’s Best Chef, Girija Kirpekar-Naik, MealTango Co-Founder, Saket Khanna, Shruti, MealTango Chef Anju Bajaj, MealTangoCofounder Neeta Valecha, Christine Manfield, Former editor of BBC Good Food Sona Bahadur, Divija and Vivek Kothakonda)