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Who is Vivek Kothakonda? Meet Pune’s Best Chef, Second Runner Up!

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 -

pbc5.jpgMealTango’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

Who is Shruti Kulkarni? Meet Pune’s Best Chef, First Runner Up!

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 Shruti Kulkarni, our First Runner Up!

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 -

 

pbc19.jpgMealTango’s Best Chef Contestant: Shruti Kulkarni

MealTango: “How did you develop such a strong passion for cooking?”
Shruti: “With some people, it comes out naturally. Like every other teenage girl, I would sit on the Kadappa and watch my mother cook. Sitting there for hours and talking to her about how my day, subconsciously helped me to pick up my mom’s cooking skills!”

MealTango: “So you’d say that your Mom is the real inspiration for you?”
Shruti: “ I think I owe it to my Mom & Maasi. I have picked it up from both of them.”

M: “What are your specialties?”
S: “ I love to cook Marathi fare for people! But since my daughter Ira is a huge fan of Italian food, I put my extra love to it too.”

M: “Any dishes in particular?”
S: “Kolhapuri Misal and Ukadiche Modak tops my list.”

M: “One moment that you would cherish for life?”
S: “This is it. I think I want to frame the moment when I would receive the first certificate of my life from Masterchef Australia’s celebrity chef Christine Manfield at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba.”

M: “Wow! It is indeed a beautiful moment. So Shruti, what is your mantra for Life?”
S: “Eat till your heart’s content and bring a smile on everyone’s face!”

Shruti is best known for her delicious food at Tongue Ticklers, Pune. And also, for her big broad smile and love for feeding a little extra to everyone!

Contact Shruti on: Facebook: Shruti Kulkarni Satpute
Order Delicious food from Shruti on MealTango: Tongue Ticklers

MealTango announces Pune’s Best Chef!

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.

pbc7.jpg(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!

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(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)


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What’s in for Pune’s Best Chef?

MealTango launched a city-wide talent search competition to find out the Best Chef in Pune. And looks like we hit all the right chords! We are more than excited that the Pune’s Best Chef contest is getting so much attention!

Thank you everyone for the love, participation and share! The number of shares and views are rising each day!!

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To make this journey more exciting, we would like you to know what’s in for grabs!

As we all know, the cherry on the cake is not just the title of being called ‘Pune’s Best Chef’, it is being felicitated by Celebrity Chef and Masterchef Australia Guest Judge, Christine Manfield at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba.

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That’s not all, other prizes that are up for grabs are -

Special Stahl Kitchenware for the Winner!

Gift Hampers from FoodThink!

That’s not all! We literally love all of you! So, the big announcement is that -

  • Winners get gift hampers worth ₹ 1000 from Weikfield!

  • Our 1st & 2nd Runner ups get gift hampers worth ₹ 500 from Weikfield!

  • First 100 participants get gift hampers worth ₹ 200 from Weikfield!

The competition needs no display of cooking. Register on http://bit.ly/punes-best-chef and share your entry with people who have tried your food to vote for you. By the end of the contest, the Chef with the maximum number of votes, Wins! Voila! Voting ends 11:59pm. Saturday 11th February, 2017!

 

So without much further ado, if you think you have the potential of being identified for your culinary expertise, the registration is free, and the contest is up and running. Visit http://bit.ly/punes-best-chef for more details.

 

Interested in knowing more about us and other events in Pune? Click Here! MealTango wants to shout out to Pune365 for being our Media Sponsors!!

 

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Valentine jitters? Not any more!

With Valentines around the corner, the pressure is all on you to plan the Perfect Valentine! It surely can get stressful!  We completely understand this and would want to help you plan a ‘Zara Hatke’ unique and a memorable Valentine experience!

With MealTango and our Chefs, you can skip the crowded restaurants and enjoy a perfect meal at home with your near & dear ones. A simple, romantic & unforgettable time is what we guarantee and this comes along only with Fantastic Food!

Here are 5 Brilliant Ideas to make your Valentines, the best one so far, (and hey, without any extra efforts). Sounds fun? Read on….

1. Set the Theme -
You just have to decide what you want to set the Mood as? A hearty Gnocchi in Alfredo-Pesto Sauce or some Desi Chinese to lick em off the container?

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Set the Theme! Choose from a variety at MealTango

2. Set the Table -
Once you have decided what you want to be devouring for the night, order few Dessert Jars (either strawberry, tiramisu, oreo nutella or chocolate flavoured). Lay the jars on the table, light a few candles and get out your crockery!

Home Chef Ajinder Marwahs Dessert Jars!

3. Place an Order-
Log on to MealTango and order from a range of variety of dishes to complement your theme! Lasagne with garlic bread, Butter Chicken, Pot Rice, Pizza or Calzone Muffins, Prawn Pulav & Fish pakoda, Baked Vegetables or just some delicious Stuffed Chicken Parmesan, we have it all listed!

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A hearty Italian treat by our Home Chef Anju Bajaj

4. Wait! You forgot something! -
All is well that ends well, right? So why did you not select any desserts from our menu? We’ve got a smooth Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake, Chocolate pots de Creme, Couer A la Creme, Mousse with mirror glaze, strawberry pavlova, or just the classic Chocolate Truffle to choose from! You have to really make it special, right? :)

5. The Last step -
You have been a great planner so far! Now the last few things -
- Do not tell anyone and keep it a secret!
- Dim the lights and click a picture of the table once you set it!
- Enjoy the heart-warming meal!
- Send us a picture too! :)
- You’re a winner because you have this Valentine’s memory etched for a Lifetime! <3

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Celebrate the Month of Love!

Got some more ideas? Share with us at concierge@mealtango.com

Till then,
Happy Valentine’s & may cupid be with us forever!

Cherishing the joys of our Harvest!

We reap only what has been sown! With the Great Indian Harvest Festival, we at Meal Tango are only reaping the sweet words from all of you who had a chance to taste our harvest special delicacies!

It is not just a radiant fare of Punjabi, Maharashtrian, Sindhi & Rajasthani dishes that we are raving about, but the kind words that we received and the happy tummies that we filled. Don’t believe us? Look what Makarand Koppikar has to say about us -

“MealTango is doing a great job of getting us to know such wonderful home-chefs and organizing wonderful food festivals. We can select from a fantastic spread at a quite reasonable price and we get home delivery, no matter where we stay in Pune. Looking forward to many such occasions. Thank you MealTango :)

And also, Praveen who tried out Amritsari Kulchas, Pindi Chole and Gajar ka Halwa from our Home Chef Ajinder’s Kitchen called it a “MAGIC ROOM”

Wait! The good talks are not yet over! Did a tiny bird tell you that we were also featured in The News? Uh-oh, if you didn’t, here are the excerpts -

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MealTango featured in Pune Mirror! :)

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Sakal Times writes about MealTango

The year has just begun, and we are all set to add some extra ghee & tadka to it! Mr. Jitendra Mantri wouldn’t agree more. He quotes, “Meal Tango ensures that we can taste various indian cultural delicacies specialties right in the comfort of the home with homely cooked food………great combo of food chefs….”

So just in case you are guilty of missing it out, you already know what you should be doing the next time! And to add to the guilt, here’s what our spread looked like -

 

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                                                   The Great Indian Harvest Festival

Until then, don’t feel guilty the next time and keep eating, keep ordering & keep spreading the joy of a home-cooked meal!