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Cook-off in the capital with Tagore and Dey
Abhirup Dam  4th May 2013

L-R Karen Anand, Sharmila Tagore and Rohini Dey

"My father was in the Air Force. I grew up across 15 cities in the country and my mother never stepped back from experimenting with different cuisines. She served us spaghetti and shorshe maach with same zeal. When I moved to the US almost 21 years ago, I found it appalling to discover what went around in the name of Indian cuisine. In an attempt to try and educate audiences, without bombarding their taste buds with completely alien flavours, I opened Vermillion, my restaurant in Chicago, which also has an outlet in New York," said Chicago based restaurateur Rohini Dey at the cook-off she hosted recently in the capital. The cook-off aimed at selecting chefs for her New York and Chicago kitchens, and was organised in Delhi.

The Delhi cook-off was held at Q'BA, Connaught Place and was judged by an eminent panel that included food writer Anoothi Vishal, veteran food critic Marryam Reshii, well known food consultant Karen Anand, Rocky Mohan, Executive Director, Mohan Meakins, and Sharmila Tagore. Tagore said, "I first met Rohini when we went to dine at Vermillion in Chicago and the charm of dining there has spawned this very special bond which brings me here today." The competition entailed six chefs who were to prepare signature dishes with the Indian-Latin theme in mind. The contestants were judged on their creativity in handling the theme, taste, and presentation. Himanshu Saini from the Indian Accent emerged as the winner with his sarson ka saag quesadilla with butter milk foam, served along with a mango-based palate cleanser.

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