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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 Girija Kirpekar-Naik? Meet Pune’s Best Chef!

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 -

pbc8.jpgMealTango’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

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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Are You Pune’s Best Chef?

MealTango is out to find out who is Pune’s Best Chef.

And maybe it’s you!

MealTango believes that it isn’t only professional chefs who are the best at their trade, and indeed passionate home chefs, home bakers, professional chefs and even cooking enthusiasts, can take part in this contest!

The best part is that it just takes 2 minutes to enrol, and as a winner of the contest you will be felicitated at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba by Australian Celebrity Chef and Masterchef Australia Guest Judge, Christine Manfield.

Oh, and did we mention you will receive gifts worth over Rs. 10,000 from Stahl Cookware, WeikfieldFood Think and more!?

How to Participate

Simply visit the contest page (or click here) and go to the ‘How to Enter’ section.

Upload your photo and details to participate as a contestant.

It literally takes two minutes. For questions, email us at concierge@mealtango.com.

How to Win

This is a popular vote contest.

Once you have entered, simply click the Share Button (share-button) on your entry and ask anyone who has tried your food, to vote for you (e.g. your friends, family, customers, etc).

You can also share your entry on your Facebook timeline and ask your friends to vote for you.

The chef with the most votes on 11.59pm, Saturday, 11th February, 2017, will be declared the winner.

No cooking required. Security checks are in place so that voters can only vote once. Valid votes verification will be conducted.

Your Prize

As the winner, you will be brought to the Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba on the 13th of February, 2017.

You will be felicitated by Australian Celebrity Chef, Author and Masterchef Australia Guest Judge Christine Manfield. You will receive the certificate of Pune’s Best Chef, and have an opportunity to meet with the judge.

You will also receive prizes from Stahl Cookware and Food Think, among other sponsors.

Runner Up and Consolation Prizes

The First Runner Up (2nd place) and Second Runner Up (3rd place) chefs will also receive certificates of recognition. They can will also have the opportunity to meet and receive the certificates from Chef Christine Manfield. However, travel to the venue would be at their expense.

Contest Rules

For full contest rules, please visit the contest page, and review the section ‘Contest Rules’.

So what are you waiting for! It’s free to enrol, and no purchase is necessary. Click here to participate.