CHENNAI: It’s not everyday you get to dine at the palace grounds of the Prince of Arcot. In a first for foodies in the city, or at least as far back as most can remember — the palatial grounds of the heavily guarded Amir Mahal in Royapettah were thrown open to the public for the SuperChef Chennai Food Carnival that catered to diverse palate.
From South African Bunny Chow to Malaysian Nasi Lemak — crowds had their fill of globe trotting, plate to plate on Sunday. The event held ahead of the 4th edition of the SuperChef cooking competition was inaugurated by the Prince of Arcot Mohammed Abdul Ali and his son Dewan to the Prince of Arcot Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali. Bharat Joshi, British Deputy High Commissioner, in Chennai was the chief guest for the evening.
As for the contest that is open to both kids and adults on February 27-28, a new category has been introduced this year, to include semi professionals or chefs-in-training. Quite a few of these catering students were spotted participating in a spirited watermelon carving contest at the venue. The stalls had participants from various consulates showcasing their home cuisines. The longest line by far was for the Belgian waffles. With generous swirls of fresh cream and chocolate sauce — it didn’t matter that it appeared to some at the far end of the line that they may have to wait till breakfast time for their waffles. At the end of the day, isn’t that the greatest compliment you can pay a chef — ‘I’ll wait. Just so long as I’m getting that plate.”
Want to take part in SuperChef?
Applications can be downloaded online and dropped off at The Park Hotels, Chennai, between 10am-6pm. Registration for this event closes on February 25, 2016.
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SuperChef Hotline: 9629345925
All proceeds from this event will go to charity that will support health and education projects as well as rehab of Chennai flood victims