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! However, there was one who stole a lot of votes and won our hearts at the cookout competition.
Just for some extra information – The cookout competition was a surprise visit at the contestants home and they were asked to chalk out a dish in front of us. The dish was then tasted by a panel of judges present with us and ONLY THEN, the results were declared!
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 and Pune’s Best Chef: Girija Kirpekar-Naik
MealTango: “How did you develop such a strong passion for cooking?”
Girija: “I completed my degree in Hotel Management and Catering Technology from Pune, where I was raised all my life. On completion of my training at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai, I moved on to Singapore. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I had to switch my career in a corporate sector. I dreaded each day of my job and realized that all I craved for was the kitchen & food world! So maybe, in those moments of transitions, I found my inner self and started to pave my career in a new direction. ”
MealTango: “And what was that new direction?”
Girija: “ I decided to move back to India. For a change, I wasn’t alone this time! I bought back two things that I love the most – My children and my love for cooking! This is how a new concept called ‘Kitchen Confidence Studio’ was born! ”
MealTango: “Tell us a little more about Kitchen Confidence Studio?”
Girija: “ Established in August 2014, Kitchen Confidence Studio (KC) offers cooking classes to children in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. While learning food preparation skills is the main ingredient at KC, each class adds a heap of kitchen safety, a scoop of etiquette, a handful of table setting, a pinch of menu planning, and laughter to taste”
MealTango: “That’s quite interesting Girija! Any quotes that you strongly stand by?”
Girija: “ I strongly believe that food has the power to bring and bind people together.”
MealTango: “One moment that you would cherish for life?”
Girija: “There are two actually! One is the inauguration of Kitchen Confidence Studio and second being me awarded by MasterChef Australia Celebrity Chef, Christine Manfield at the place where I was first trained! I am super excited to go back to the place where it all began! Rush of sweet memories, aaaah!!”
MealTango: “Wonderful! We wish you all the best and great success ahead!”
Girija specializes in Thai, Maharashtrian, Goan, Sindhi, Parsi and Continental Cuisines and runs her Kitchen Confidence Studio in Aundh, Pune
Contact Girija on: Facebook: Girija Kirpekar-Naik