EverestBKCC is India’s largest and most thrilling culinary challenge for final year hospitality students has wholeheartedly welcomed by Kolkata. EverestBKCC is a culinary challenge with a distinctive difference. It not only offers a unique platform for budding chefs to exhibit their talent but also provides an ideal springboard to launch their future a great opportunity.
The theme of the challenge is ‘Flavours of India’ and is conducting its season 4. It aims to create awareness about regional cuisines and to popularize Indian food using Indian spices across the world. The Culinary Challenge was organized at NIPS School of Hotel Management, Kolkata. EverestBKCC Season 4 is scheduled to be held in 15 cities across India namely Bhopal, Kolkata, Kottayam, Chennai, Bengaluru, Dehradun, Chandigarh, NCR –Noida, Pune, Mumbai, Vadodara, Jaipur, Goa and Nagpur. Winners from all cities will be invited for the Grand Finale in Mumbai on February 17-18, 2023.
The event is supported by Incredible India – Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; Worldchefs; Indian Culinary Forum; Western Chefs’ Association (WICA); Chefs Association of Five Rivers; Chef Association of Garhwal (CAG); Gujarat Culinary Association (GCA); Culinary Forum of Goa, and Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF).
To create awareness and promote the use of millets in daily menus, Millets were given as a secret ingredient for participants to use them in one of the three course menus for competition.
The jury for EverestBKCC Season 4 at Kolkata comprised of Madhumita Mohanti (Executive Chef, The Lalit), Shiv Biswal (Executive Chef – Taj Sats), and Ranjit Chaudhary (Principal Emeritus). The jury appreciated the uses of ingredients, innovation and presentation by the participating students. They urged the students to take part in such culinary challenges and update their skills.
Ekkta Bhargeva, Publisher of Better Kitchen, shared that the objective of this event is to prepare students for the challenges of their future and to popularize Indian regional food using local ingredients in the form of global cuisine. This challenge provides students a platform to showcase their creative skills and utilize the ingredients in a proper way. The national winner of this competition will get a scholarship of USD 5750/- under USA J1 Chef Exchange Visitor Program while first and second runner-up will get the scholarship worth USD 1000/- and USD750/- respectively along with a year intern placement in USA by EverestBKCC’s International Placement & Study Abroad Partner Wisdom Career & Education, she added.
Winners of EverestBKCC – Best Team from Kolkata was Everest Kanda Lasun Masala (students of NIPS Hotel Management), 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up were Everest Jiralu and Everest Pav Bhaji Masala respectively. The title sponsor of the multiple city challenge is Everest Spices. Other partners are Wisdom Career Education, Madhya Pradesh Tourism, Chefs Unlimited, and Asahi Kasei.