While earlier, women staying in Banashankari area had the chance to fight for the Cooking Queen title, last weekend witnessed around 20 women from in and around Malleswaram participate in the competition. The dishes varied from kheema mutter and roti, burfis, bottle gourd pudding to sabu dana vadas. “The participants could choose any recipe. Since this is just the first round, we had asked all those who had registered, to cook at home and bring it here,” said one of the organisers. The dishes cooked by the participants were judged on the basis of quality, texture, presentation and taste. While each dish looked more scrumptious than the other, most of the participants paid a lot of attention to the presentation skills.
Some opted the simple way, decorating the sweet dish with dry fruits and the main course dish with fancy napkins and candle stands. There were also others who went all out by decorating with vegetable carvings and used small wooden toys to enhance the decoration.
Deepa, a housewife, who had made a tri-colour pulav for the competition had added a lot of vegetable carvings to decorate her dish. “I love watching cookery shows and pick up many tips and tricks from there,” said Deepa, who had learnt to carve the vegetable from a television show.
The competition will be conducted all over the City. Eighteen finalists from all over the country will be selected for the second round to compete at the grand finale to be held in New Delhi in September. The journey, to become the Cooking Queen, doesn’t end here. The national winner will then get a chance to participate in the global contest in South