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November 2023, Issue"Dancing with Flavors: Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi Spills the Spice on Karigari and Culinary Adventures"

Chef Harpal Singh SokhiCelebrity & Energy Chef of India

March 2023, Issue"Kitchen Brings a Big Smile to My Face"

Chef Satish AroraFormer Director Food Production Taj & Taj SATS Air Catering Limited

Latest News

25 June 2024 Barilla Pasta Championship 2024 - India Declares Chef Naresh Hari as Local Champion

The inaugural Pasta Championship Asia 2024, organized by Barilla, took place at The St. Regis Mumbai, celebrating culinary talent and creativity. Barilla, the Italian pasta and pasta sauce manufacturer, brought together six top chefs to compete for the prestigious local India champion title.

Chef Naresh Hari from The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore emerged victorious with his innovative dish, Spaghetti Uovo with Smoked Prosciutto Mousse, Parmesan Chive Foam, and Crisp Green Leeks—a modern twist on the classic Carbonara pasta.

The competition was judged by a panel including Andrea, Barilla Executive Chef Asia Pacific; Swarup Solgaonkar, Corporate Chef of McDonald's India; Yogesh Utekar, Principal of Ramanath Payyade College of Hospitality Management Studies; and Luigi Cascone, Deputy Consul General of Consolato Generale D'Italia A Mumbai. Chef Hari's creation impressed the judges with its exceptional flavor and presentation.

As India's representative, Chef Hari will advance to the Grand Finals in Manila, where he will compete against winners from seven other countries in the Asia region in October. The top three winners of the grand finals will not only receive prestigious titles but also opportunities to explore Italian gastronomy on a specially curated experiential tour in Parma, Italy.

22 June 2024 India Hosts First-Ever Barilla Professional Pasta Championship

India is set to host its first-ever Barilla for Professional Pasta Championship, showcasing the nation’s top culinary talents in a celebration of pasta and gastronomy. Organized by Barilla, the leading Italian company in pasta and pasta sauces, the championship aims to elevate the art of pasta-making in India.

Scheduled for 25th June 2024, the championship will bring together professional chefs from across India. Participants will compete by demonstrating their creativity, skill, and mastery in preparing exquisite pasta dishes. This event not only promotes culinary innovation but also fosters a deeper appreciation for pasta as a versatile and beloved ingredient in Indian kitchens.

"We are thrilled to launch the Barilla for Professional Pasta Championship in India, a country known for its rich culinary heritage," said Stefano Adami, Director of Food Service and E-commerce Asia Pacific. "This championship is a platform for chefs to showcase their talent and passion for pasta, while also inspiring others to explore the endless possibilities."

The competition will feature a panel of esteemed judges, including renowned chefs and culinary experts, who will evaluate participants based on taste, creativity, presentation, and technical skills. The winner of this competition will represent India in the upcoming October Pasta Championship Asia grand finals in Manila. The top three winners of the grand finals will not only receive prestigious titles but also opportunities to discover Italian gastronomy on a specially curated experiential tour in Parma, Italy.

7 June 2024 HPMF Celebrates 14th Anniversary with Convention and Awards in Lucknow and Ayodhya Dham

The Hospitality Purchasing Manager’s Forum (HPMF) is poised to celebrate its 14th Anniversary with a grand Convention and Awards event from September 26th to 29th, 2024. This year, the event will take place in the culturally rich cities of Lucknow and Ayodhya Dham, showcasing the theme of a unique blend of business and an immersive journey through the rich and timeless culture of Shri Ram's city and the renowned Nawabi “Tehzeeb”.

The annual Procurement Excellence Awards, which were first introduced in 2012 and are now in their 12th year, will be the highlight of the event. These awards are eagerly anticipated by delegates and industry vendors, symbolizing tremendous honor and prestige. This year, in addition to recognizing procurement excellence, HPMF will also honor vendors to the hospitality industry for their significant contributions.

Dr. Nitin Shankar Nagrale, Founder and General Secretary of HPMF, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The delegates and all other participants will experience the magical journey of the life of Parampurush Shri Ram and the rich heritage of Awadh through Cultural Shows, Cuisine, visits to historical places, and exotic displays of ancient crafts. Besides the spectacular shows and intense discussions, presentations from industry experts and highly acclaimed Corporate Speakers will address the gathering. Eminent Hospitality Honchos, achievers in various fields, and well-known corporate leaders have been invited to the event as Chief Guests and Guests of Honor. As always, well-organized B2B meets will be the highlight of the convention too, with over 40 vendors attending the event.”

HPMF is a consortium of purchasing managers from the hospitality industry, representing star hotels, catering companies, stand-alone restaurant chains, retail chains, and airlines. Since its inception in 2010, HPMF has grown into a global organization with over 6000 members from the hospitality purchasing fraternity. It is the first of its kind in India, providing a platform for buyers from the hospitality industry. HPMF focuses on the training and development of procurement professionals, consolidated procurement, industry product standardization, volume discounts, improved professionalism in the purchasing process, development of potential vendors, green initiatives, and corporate social responsibilities.

This year’s event in Lucknow and Ayodhya Dham promises to be a remarkable celebration of both professional excellence and cultural heritage, marking another significant milestone for HPMF.

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Editor's desk

Ekta Bhargava(Managing Editor)

Dear Readers,

As we transition into the year end, the culinary world is buzzing with excitement, and Better Kitchen is here to capture it all. In this edition, we bring you a rich tapestry of flavors and stories that promise to tantalize your senses and ignite your passion for food.

One of the highlights of this issue is the Better Kitchen Awards, where we celebrate excellence in the culinary world. From innovative chefs to sustainable practices, these awards recognize the best in the industry and inspire others to reach greater heights.

We also had the pleasure of sitting down with Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, a culinary maestro known for his vibrant personality and delectable dishes. In an exclusive interview, Chef Sokhi shares his culinary journey, from humble beginnings to the success of his venture, Karigari. His insights and passion for food are sure to inspire aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts alike.

In our quest to explore the diversity of Indian cuisine, we delve into the world of Indian Ber. This lesser-known fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients and flavors, making it a must-try for culinary enthusiasts looking to expand their palate.

Safety in food consumption is paramount, and we address this concern with an in-depth look at the safety of sushi. From sourcing to preparation, we examine the measures taken to ensure that this Japanese delicacy is safe for consumption.

Gut health is a topic gaining prominence in the culinary world, and we explore its importance in our article on the subject. Discover how the food we eat impacts our gut health and what steps we can take to maintain a healthy digestive system.

In addition to these exclusive features, we bring you a report on the Indian Culinary Forum Awards, highlighting the achievements of culinary professionals who have made a significant impact on the industry. We also cover the Western India Chefs Association's event, Chef's Connect, where chefs come together to share their knowledge and experiences.

As always, we include our regular features, providing you with the latest news and updates from the world of food and hospitality.

We hope this edition of Better Kitchen leaves you inspired and eager to embark on your culinary adventures.

Happy reading and happy cooking!

Ekta Bhargava
Managing Editor

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The celebrity chef will modify the recipe and give a new twist in the recipe. The modified recipe will also be featured in the Better Kitchen website as well as magazine.

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Better Kitchen Awards & Convention 2024Novotel Mumbai International Airport, Mumbai

20 September 2024

The Better Kitchen Awards is a prestigious event dedicated to recognizing excellence within the culinary and hospitality industry in India. It is the only awards program in the country that acknowledges the outstanding contributions of chefs, F&B managers, kitchen consultants, bartenders, sommeliers, brand managers, purchase managers, commercial kitchens, and HoReCa products. These awards celebrate innovation, dedication, and the pursuit of culinary excellence, bringing together the best talents and products from the industry.

The Better Kitchen Convention is a comprehensive event encompassing all sectors of the hospitality industry. During the day, prominent speakers and industry leaders will engage in panel discussions on current trends and the future of the hospitality world. The convention will also feature a showcase of HoReCa products and services, where guests can visit exhibitors, explore their offerings, and gain valuable insights. Ample time will be provided during breaks for networking, making it an ideal platform for interaction and connection.

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