So the news is out and MealTango has announced Pune’s Best Chef! With over 40 participants, 350+ Shares and 37K+ Views, foodies across Pune have finalized the winners of the contest!
Among the 40+ contestants, there were many special ones! One of them is Vivek Kothakonda, our Second Runner Up who got the maximum number of votes!
On our journey to Mumbai from Pune, we got a chance to get up close and personal with our fellow winners. Here are some excerpts from our conversations with them -
MealTango’s Best Chef Contestant: Vivek Kothakonda
MealTango: “How did you develop such a strong passion for cooking?”
Vivek: “As a kid, I grew tasting my Mom’s utterly delicious and innovative recipes. I used to sit on kitchen platform chatting with her and observing her cooking style. This stirred an interest in me and I grabbed the opportunity to cook for my dad each time my mom was traveling. The real battle was when I moved out of my home. A bachelor for 6 years! Imagine what all I had to do for survival! That is when all those experimentations began and so did my passion for cooking! It is correctly said that Necessity is the mother of all Invention! “
MealTango: “That is interesting! So what do you love to cook the most?”
Vivek: “I specialize in South Indian, North Indian and Chinese Cuisines. I am much known for my Veg Dum biryani among friends and family members. Other dishes which are mostly liked are Poori with Aloo Bhaji, Mirchi Bhajia, Double ka Meeta sweet and Carrot Milk made my me.”
MealTango: “Mmmm…My mouth is already watering, Vivek! So a quick question – Do you see yourself becoming a HomeChef?”
Vivek: “Definitely! It’s time for Pune to taste the real South Indian hidden delicacies.”
MealTango: “We are waiting! What would you say about Pune’s Best Chef?”
Vivek: “Pune’s Best Chef Contest is a good initiative by Meal Tango which can bring recognition,motivation to hidden talents. This year I am one of those lucky do-nuts!”
MealTango: “One moment that you would cherish for life?”
Vivek: “I would cherish this moment of being one of the winners of the contest held by MealTango! Reason being that I have won many medals and prizes in various competitions as a student or as an employee. But, this award is going to be my very first award in the field where my heart and passion is! It has its own place!”
MealTango: “Couldn’t agree more. So Vivek, what is your mantra for Life?”
Vivek: “It’s simple – Live happily! Help the needy!
As my contribution to the society, I donate homemade food to the street kids whenever possible. It is quite painful that even today there are so many children who sleep with empty stomach. It is my humble request to everyone to not waste food. Rather, pack it and feed the ones who really need it!”
Divija,his wife, terms his food as ‘SCRUMPTIOUS! IRRESISTIBLE! LUSCIOUS!’ Vivek, a project lead working with an IT giant specializes in Indian and Chinese cuisines and makes sure that all his dishes have the perfect appearance, texture and taste! Vivek soon wishes to transform his passion for cooking into a full-fledged profession!
MealTango wishes Vivek all the luck with his future ventures!
Contact Vivek on: Facebook- Vivek K Venkata