Culinary Art India 2017 to display skills of country’s chefs

New Delhi: The 12th edition of Culinary Art India (CAI), which gets underway here on Tuesday, will attract chefs from across the nation showcasing their skills and competing on an internationally-modeled platform.

Organised by Indian Culinary Forum (ICF), Hospitality First and India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in association with Indian Federation of Culinary Associations, the fest is being staged alongside AAHAR International Fair at Pragati Maidan till March 11.

Culinary Art India challenge will attract national level participation involving senior and apprentice chefs from India competing on an internationally modeled platform. The general public will also witness live demonstrations by culinary enthusiasts and renowned chefs, read a statement.

Chef Davinder Kumar, President, ICF, said: “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the 12th Culinary Art India, a professional culinary challenge where chefs are given a platform to demonstrate their culinary skills as well as help them improve to meet international standards.

“I would like to assure all participants and member’s total transparency through a structured rules, regulations, systems and panel of WACS certified judges. ICF will constantly thrive to bring our fraternity closer and continue our commitment to encourage the betterment of the culinary profession in setting new benchmarks in the hospitality industry.”

Chef Willment Leong from Thailand will preside as jury chairperson for this year’s competitions. Leong is Chairman of World Chefs without Borders, Founder Chairman of Thailand Culinary Academy and Vice President of Thailand Chefs Association.

CAI has evolved from a competition venue to an educational platform for chefs to learn exchange and showcase their culinary skills, says Chef Vivek Saggar, ICF General Secretary.

“Last year saw close to 300 participants from not only NCR but from other northern, western and southern states. This year’s event will be the biggest ever with newly added categories and an expanded competition venue, to be accredited by a panel of internationally acclaimed judges,” Saggar said.